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Karen is originally from South Jersey and currently lives just outside Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis at 16, then with Ulcerative Colitis at 22 while completing her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She now works at a research institute that helps hospitals decide which medical devices best suit their patient’s needs.

Ever since her diagnosis, she has been determined to fight with fun and food Her free time is spent watching The Great British Bake-off, trying to recreate their delicious masterpieces with the help of her awesome boyfriend, and hiking off the calories. She’s excited to put all she’s learned into benefiting the Girls with Guts family.

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