Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun ,
Erin Hildebrandt hasn't had to break the law lately, but she worries that she may be forced to again, for the sake of her health and her family. The 32-year-old Smithsburg woman has Crohn's disease, a chronic and debilitating inflammation of the intestines. It's in remission now. But, not so long ago, her life consisted of shuttling between bedroom, bathroom and doctor's offices, seeking relief from repeated bouts of diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea. At times, she said, "I wasn't able to get out of bed." She tried 30 different medications.