It all started at the beginning of his sophomore year.
Jake Friedman, a three-sport athlete as a freshman at River Hill, wasn't feeling like himself. He was losing weight, suffering from "brutal" fatigue and excruciating stomachaches, and his cross country times had dropped from the year before.
"I knew something had to be wrong," Friedman said.
Over the next several months, he saw several doctors and had two colonoscopies in the search for a diagnosis.
"It was kind of scary having this mystery problem, and the main thing was the fatigue," he said. "I couldn't function as well when I was exercising, running cross country,...