Jennifer Jaff: A Tireless Advocate for Patient Rights

Jennifer Jaff was a bigger fan of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam than she was of Friedrich Nietzsche. All the same, she proved that the German’s philosopher’s stock aphorism, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” is more than a clichĂ©. In 1975, when she was a 19-year-old college student, Jaff was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the patient’s body attacks itself, causing painful and debilitating chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It didn’t stop …