Why was Colitis Ninja started?
I started writing Colitis Ninja™ for therapeutic reasons… before long I noticed that the little ninja didn’t just help me, but many others learn how to cope with IBD. She became a symbol of hope and helped put a face on the invisible battle that millions of people fight every day.
Rather than encouraging people to feel sorry for us, Colitis Ninja™ seeks to inspire others and help them learn to laugh in the midst of their pain. Our strength comes from our battles, and this is something to be admired not pitied. We can and will overcome our diseases… if not by total healing, by learning how to cope and adjust our lives. We can find happiness and hope despite our struggle.
Colitis Ninja™ seeks to raise awareness for all aspects and classifications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, indeterminate colitis, etc.). We need to show the world what it’s like to live with these wretched diseases. They aren’t just “poop diseases.” People with IBD are in a daily battle, yet they go through life attempting to be “normal.”
About the Founder
Amber became a ninja in 2011 when she began her battle with ulcerative colitis. In 2013, her colon declared an all out war against her. She began documenting the adventures of the Colitis Ninja and her battle with Toxic Megacolon and his ilk in March of 2014. After a year-long flare in April of 2014, Amber destroyed her evil, rebellious colon and has been sporting a happy, healthy j-pouch since July of 2014. She has made it her personal mission to support others living with IBD, raise awareness and continue battling for those who are silently fighting a vicious disease that no one knows about.
Amber is a regular contributor to CrohnsDisease.com and Girls With Guts. She is also on the Newly Diagnosed Patient Education committee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America as well as a member of the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. Amber recently became a CureClick Ambassador to help match patients with clinical trials. She’s a member of a Patient Advisory board of Ulcerative Colitis patients sponsored by Pfizer which discusses the needs of ulcerative colitis patients around the world. Amber also recently became a member of the Board of Directors for the National Ulcerative Colitis Alliance (NUCA). NUCA is a nonprofit advocacy organization for ulcerative colitis patients.
Amber is married to author D.M. Elder of the Zyndervyne series. Together, they have a daughter (known as Baby Ninja) who was born in August of 2017. She also has two fur babies: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Mr. Darcy, for short) and Bram Stoker, who are both cats.