Life with Ulcerative Colitis: Katie Hopwood's Story

At age 17, Katie Hopwood was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a painful and debilitating chronic inflammation of the colon. For Hopwood, a three-sport athlete with a bright future and an active lifestyle, managing the pain and bloody diarrhea quickly become a nightmare. After years of trying to find a medicine that would control her symptoms, the condition became unmanagable.


UW Health Colon and Rectal surgeons, Bruce Harms, MD and Charles Heise, MD, used a minimally-invasive approach to remove Katie's inflamed colon and reconstruct her lower small intestine.