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Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America

A New Lease On Life

Michael Osso | Posted 09.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Osso

The benefits of ileostomies, colostomies, urostomies, and more are plentiful; however, regardless of the positive impact on a patient's quality of life, there is a significant stigma surrounding these life-saving devices.

IBD Is More Than 'Just a Bathroom Disease'

Michael Osso | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Osso

On World IBD Day, let's take the time to educate not only ourselves but also the general public about what IBD is and its impact on a patient's entire body and mind. Together, we can change public perception of these debilitating digestive diseases.

Can Diet Help Manage IBD Symptoms?

Michael Osso | Posted 04.07.2017 | Healthy Living
Michael Osso

While diet modifications may still only work for some and not others, this new study puts researchers one step closer to understanding the role food may play in managing Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Don't Mean the End for Athletes

Michael Osso | Posted 01.07.2017 | Sports
Michael Osso

Professional athletes represent the epitome of health and fitness. But many pro-athletes have shared their stories battling IBD, along with more than 1.6 million Americans.

Crohn's and Colitis Impact Extends Beyond Patients

Michael Osso | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Osso

With the complicated nature of Crohn's and colitis, and the potential for symptoms throughout the entire body, it is obvious why support systems play such a critical role in the lives of IBD patients.

8 Myths About Ostomies Debunked

Michael Osso | Posted 10.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Osso

Every year, 130,000 people in America undergo life-saving ostomy surgery. On World Ostomy Day, let's take the time to educate ourselves about the different kinds of ostomies and begin to raise greater awareness and acceptance of ostomies to combat the misinformation and stigma that exists in our society.

New York Restroom Access - Just Think About It!

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 06.12.2016 | New York
Rebecca Kaplan

The "gotta go" feeling can pop up anywhere and at anytime and if a public restroom is not available, business owners currently can refuse access to an employee-only restroom to people with these debilitating digestive diseases.

#ThisIsIBD

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

December 1 marks the start of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, an important week within the inflammatory bowel disease community to bring attention to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two debilitating digestive diseases that cause crippling abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding and weight loss.

World IBD Day: It's Not All Sunshine and Flowers

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

When people hear about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, they do not hear these stories. However, to get a full understanding of how serious these diseases are, it's essential that these stories are shared.

Not Just a Pooping Disease: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

These diseases have been known primarily as "pooping diseases" because many patients frequent the bathroom as a result of the cramping and abdominal pain caused by IBD. However, there are many aspects of the disease that are far worse than spending time in the bathroom.

It's Time to Escape the Stall

Grant Henry | Posted 03.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Grant Henry

I have achieved things that I would have never attempted if it were not for ulcerative colitis. Things that I used to say, "I can't" to are now replaced with "I can and I will!"