8 Famous People With Ulcerative Colitis


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John F. Kennedy

The youngest U.S. president elected to office, Kennedy developed abdominal pain as a young teen. In 1934, he went to the Mayo Clinic, where he was diagnosed with "colitis," or at least what was called colitis at the time.

Decades after the Massachusetts Democrat's assassination, a thorough examination of his medical records revealed he was in far greater pain and taking more medications—including drugs for back pain—during his presidency than the public knew about at the time.

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