Road Construction: I-65 Bridge Repairs in Downtown Indianapolis

Portions of Interstate 65 in downtown Indianapolis will be closed for bridge repairs beginning on or after June 1. Construction may impact travel to IU Health facilities in the area. Learn more.

Construcción del camino: reparaciones del puente de I-65 en el centro de Indianápolis

Partes de la Interestatal 65 en el centro de Indianápolis estarán cerradas para reparaciones de puentes que empiezan en o después del 1 de Junio. La construcción puede afectar el viaje a los centros hospitalarios de IU Health en el área.

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Ulcerative Colitis



Ulcerative colitis is an illness where the large intestine (also called the colon) becomes swollen or inflamed. This part of your body is located below the stomach.  It is the part that helps get waste out of your body.

There isn’t anything you or your parents did to get the disease, so you don’t have to feel guilty about it. It is not contagious, which means it can’t be “caught” by someone else.


The disease is a chronic (lifelong) illness, but it can often be treated with medicine. The disease might have times when it gets worse. But there also will be times when you feel better. 

Eating a healthy diet and getting enough food are important steps to help. Your care team will help you know what is right to eat.  

There are lots of support systems ready to help you and your family. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) offers support and summer camps for children with ulcerative colitis.