Join Our Mailing List!
Latest News:
St. Sebastian Church Festival in Belle Vernon -- "St Sebastian is inviting the public to attend their upcoming festival on ..." -- 07 September 2022
16th Annual Classic Car Show Planned at St. John ... -- "Attention all US Steel SOAR members of Chapter 15-7 who normally meet at the ..." -- 07 September 2022
SOAR Meeting Guest Speaker Will Discuss the Cold ... -- "Attention all US Steel SOAR members of Chapter 15-7 who normally meet at the ..." -- 07 September 2022
LIVE! CASINO GUEST WINS OVER $300K PLAYING ... -- "To Date In 2022, Live! Casino Has Paid Out Over 17,000 Jackpots for Over $43 ..." -- 07 September 2022
Harmony Singers Seeking New Members -- "Open House Set for September 21 " -- 02 September 2022
Donora Library Event Draws a Crowd -- "Patrons and friends of the Donora Public Library were treated to a unique ..." -- 02 September 2022
National Science Foundation Awards PennWest ... -- "The National Science Foundation has awarded PennWest California $1,228,857 for ..." -- 02 September 2022
WJHSD Honors Louise Biddle - Long-time Educator, ... -- "Superintendent Dr. Janet Sardon and all West Jefferson Hills School District ..." -- 02 September 2022
Mojo's Wallet Fall Charity Event in Rostraver Twp. -- "Proceeds Will Help Animals and Wildlife" -- 02 September 2022
Donora Senior Center Seeks Volunteer to Help ... -- "Donora Senior Center is in need of a runner for Meals on Wheels on Tuesdays, ..." -- 02 September 2022

Local People

With conversations around healthcare in the national spotlight, many people are surprised to learn nearly 40% of the U.S. population has a chronic illness. Many patients, like the 3.1 million Americans with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), feel ostracized by uncomfortable and even taboo symptoms. But one local woman is brave enough to share her story and inspire over 2 million people.

SydneyBaciak2
Sydney Baciak

Two years ago, Sydney Baciak was like any other teenager. She socialized with friends and was an athlete at Belle Vernon High School. Then everything changed.

“I was having such scary symptoms, I was afraid to tell my parents,” Baciak said.

After three months and multiple tests, she received a life-changing diagnosis: ulcerative colitis, a form of IBD. There is no cure. Over the next couple of years, Baciak felt isolated and hopeless, with missed high school milestones, hospitalizations and failed treatments.

Today, after three surgeries to manage the disease, Baciak is ready to tell her story as an “IBD warrior.” Facing the “you don’t look sick” stigma and often embarrassing symptoms head on, she created a TikTok video to inspire others. The response was overwhelming.

“When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t know anyone with IBD – I hadn’t even heard of it,” Baciak said. “Once I started sharing my story, so many people reached out to tell me about their experiences with IBD and other illnesses. I didn’t realize how many people were suffering in silence.”

Baciak now advocates for fellow patients and leads a team for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps national walk to fund research for IBD treatments.

“IBD can be painful and isolating,” Baciak said. “I know it can be embarrassing to talk about these illnesses, but we need to raise awareness and support our fellow IBD warriors to someday find a cure.”

RealEstate270x64

PSC 399430 HRb 

MESSENGERWEBAD

Pizza Station

 

  • Prev
  • Featured Advertisers
Scroll to top