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Rachel Brungardt has attended St. Mary’s since the age of three.

Excruciating pain inspires SM grad to pursue medicine


Every graduate has a story, has overcome at least some obstacle before walking across the stage to get the diploma. For Rachel Brungardt, who graduates Sunday from St. Mary’s, it’s a chronic illness – Crohn’s Disease, with which she was diagnosed as a freshman. “It was constant,” she says of the abdominal pain she endured. Sometimes, “it was honestly unbearable.”

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