Arielle Cohen, LCSW, believes in the power of sharing lived experience as a way to build community and empowerment. She understands the importance of having a support system in place, especially when dealing with a chronic condition. After receiving a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis in 2021, Arielle knew she did not have to struggle alone.
She first connected with Girls With Guts through social media and reached out to the Love Your Guts Mail program during a particularly difficult flare. Arielle reached out to the program and was overwhelmed by the response she received. The heartfelt messages of encouragement and support from the women in the program gave her the strength she needed to keep fighting.
Inspired by the community’s generosity and kindness, Arielle decided to become a volunteer herself. She wanted to give back and help others who were going through similar struggles she has experienced. Through her work as the Membership Coordinator, she hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of many women, just as they have done for her.
Arielle currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two cats, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow. She received her BSW from Westfield State University and earned her Master of Social Work with a concentration in mental health from Boston College.