Ashley Esper

Everything Happens for a Reason.

I have recently raised over 3,500 for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation (you can read about that here). 

Chronic Illness Advocate

Age: 22
Hometown: Grafton, MA

Chronic Illness

The past two years have been quite eventful; I graduated college at the top of my class with a degree in Accounting and Psychology, earned my master's degree in Accounting, had five hospitalizations, two surgeries, and countless needle pricks and medical tests. I have Crohn's disease and have been battling my illness daily for over six years. I have exhausted several treatment options and currently rely on biologic and immunosuppressive medications to prevent future flare ups. Coupled with a healthy lifestyle and mindset, I am able to live a fulfilling life. I am passionate about raising awareness about Crohn's disease and sharing tips and tricks I have developed over the years that help me cope with the burden of a chronic illness.

I strive to help others by sharing my story.  Invisible illnesses should no longer be hidden; there is power in knowledge and support. I am leveraging my personal experiences to inform, help and inspire others by spreading awareness for Crohn's disease, promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle, and proving that staying positive is the best medicine.​ 

I was voted 1 of 13 "Inspiring Women with Chronic Illness" by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2016. I am proud of the impact I have made in the online chronic illness community. By leveraging my personal hardships, I am able to help others understand and cope more effectively with whatever setbacks they may encounter. Below are some of my most popular published articles, featured on media sites including The Mighty, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, and Elephant Journal.

Understanding IBD:  

I can't hangout because my body is beating the crap out of me

The 6 Stages of Chronic Illness

Does my Crohn's disease make me undateable?

Why do I nap so often?

"I'm Fine"; Maintaining Social Etiquette 

My Crohn's disease does not define me

Why I'm not mad I have Crohn's disease

The importance of familial support 

How To: 

Travel tips for Crohn's and Colitis sufferers 

Telling Someone about your Crohn's disease

Living in the moment with IBD

Coping with feeling like a burden

Dating with IBD

Story Time:

The stranger in the market who changed my life

When a friend told people about my Crohn's disease

To stay updated on my daily life, follow me on instagram @ashleyesper

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and experiences, please reach out :)