November 21, 2018
Amy Ausmus is positive, joyful and creative. She's also strong – no stranger to adversity – and doesn't back down when the going gets tough.
A longtime resident of the Kansas City area, Amy was active in track and cross country through her school years and had a busy circle of family and friends. She attended Sterling College, and lived a normal, full life through her junior year.
"But then everything changed," Amy says. "Between my junior and senior year of college, I took at 12-day mission trip to Belize. During that trip, I got sick."
Amy experienced joint swelling and diarrhea that persisted for days following her return home. Though her primary physician expected her symptoms to clear, they did not. She was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine and rectum.
"That began 10 years of just trying to survive," she says.