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Crohn's and Colitis Impact Extends Beyond Patients

Michael Osso | Posted 11.23.2015 | 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.

This 11-Year-Old Girl Shared A Selfless Wish In Her Letter To Santa

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents

When 11-year-old Bobbie-Mae Chalk wrote a letter to Santa Claus this year, she didn't ask for new toys or games. Instead, she wished that Santa would ...

What You Should, But Might Not Know, About Crohn's Disease

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Bhavani Esapathi

I'm incredibly grateful for the life I have and lead, and hate, to think there are other Crohnie's out there who aren't allowed to discover their potential simply because the rest of the world isn't able to see it.

How Being Sick Has Made Me Stronger

Anna Snapp | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts
Anna Snapp

I know now, that I can stand on my own two feet and deliver my one woman show with confidence because I survived all of it.

#InvisibleIllnessWeek Is Over -- What Happens Now?

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Bhavani Esapathi

Health is merely a spectrum under which all of us fall into in one place or another, and this is especially true when you think of invisible autoimmune conditions which are very much part of you yet pose a number of problems.

8 Myths About Ostomies Debunked

Michael Osso | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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.

After Living With A J-Pouch, No Amount Of Baby Poop Can Scare Me

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Melissa Silverstein

Like the majority of the population I was born with a colon. However, unlike the majority of the population, I no longer have one. I now have a j-pouch, and it basically changed my life. But the one thing that continued to haunt me was the main reason I almost declined having the surgery: infertility.

What It Means to Be 24 Years Old and Sick

Anna Snapp | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Anna Snapp

I feel like I'm behind. I look around me, and my peers are out of their hometowns, on their own, working salary jobs and enjoying the bar scene on the weekends. My life is quite the opposite.

Going Beyond the Extraordinary

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Bhavani Esapathi

To be extraordinary, you need to surpass being normal, but what if you're not normal to begin with? This is my story: Growing up as a girl in India I ...

Stepping to the Side to Take a Look

Anna Snapp | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Anna Snapp

I've been reflecting a lot about my rehearsals for my one woman show lately. I've had two or three since I last blogged, and certain themes have been coming up. One, is waiting.

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

Anna Snapp | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Anna Snapp

In this show, I put on many faces. The default is me, Anna, as an actor, but I also play various roles such as doctors, a medical researcher, theatre directors, and other people who have shaped me and impacted me over the years.

How's a Failed Cholera Vaccine Helping Millions of Children With Autism?

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 08.04.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

Let's start from the beginning. Ever wonder how this whole recent gluten thing started? Cholera and a rock star, of course... well, a scientific ...

You're Using The Toilet All Wrong

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Leaf

If you're sitting on the toilet reading this, it's high time you squatted instead. Though little practiced in the United States, crouching down on the commode is how most of the world has pooped into antiquity. And science is starting to catch up.

Living With Ulcerative Colitis

Shelby Doherty | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelby Doherty

Through all of this, I have learned a lot about how to deal with myself and live every day having UC, often feeling sick. There's no easier way to put it. But it is what it is, and we're the chosen ones who have to live with it. I have some tips below, that I've found necessary for living with UC each day. I hope remission finds you!

9 Ways To Deal With Health-Restricted Diets

Johanna Bond | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Johanna Bond

Explaining at the fourth of July barbecue why you won't be taking a hot dog from the grill or a fudge brownie from the platter can be anxiety-provoking. So can eating at that same barbecue, if you're unsure of the safety of the food for your particular diet. So how can we better manage anxiety in these situations?

New York Restroom Access - Just Think About It!

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 06.12.2015 | 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.

4 Years of Choosing Grit and What It Taught Me About Life

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Rose Gilman

Grit -- noun. Courage and resolve; strength of character. Grit has buzz these days. TED talks, bestselling books, countless seminars and currency ...

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives

Alanna Collen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Alanna Collen

We now have an opportunity to shift the focus from simply diagnosing and treating ill health to understanding, curing and preventing it. Caring for our microbes gives us a chance to conquer this new wave of illness, and live healthier, happier lives.

What Stress Means for a Chronic Illness Patient: A Workplace Primer

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

I don't like Crohn's symptoms and doctor's appointments, but I love challenges at work. New and interesting situations that make me think are invigorating, and I can use the adaptability I have learned over years to effectively address those scenarios.

Mother Fighting for Custody, Son Taken by Police After Classroom Comments About Marijuana's Benefits

Art Way | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Art Way

This story may seem ridiculous to some. The reality is this happens all the time in our country and it is a lesser-known atrocity of the drug war. Due to mandatory reporting requirements, the staff at the school may have been under a duty to involve Child Protective Services if Banda's son admitted marijuana was in his home.

This Man Climbed Mount Everest (But Faces a Bigger Challenge Every Day)

Chris Barnes | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Chris Barnes

Climbing Mount Everest is a dream shared by many, yet achieved by few. For one climber, Rob Hill, the ascent presented more challenges than one. Hil...

A Fight For Immunity

Alaina Baker | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Alaina Baker

And now we find ourselves in the present. Winter 2015. If you looked at Lilly today, you would never know the hell she has been through. If you look at any person with an autoimmune disease, you often would not.

Dear Hiring Manager: All The Disability-Related Skills I Can't Put On My Resume

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.26.2015 | Good News
Sarah Blahovec

Dear Hiring Manager, I am not my disability, but my disability is a part of me. It causes complications in my life, but the ways in which I have overcome those obstacles should carry more weight than the obstacles themselves.

Is It Because of My Disability?

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.01.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

The truth is, I see myself and other people with disabilities as being just as productive, useful, and creative as workers without disabilities. There may be specific obstacles in our career paths, but with adaptation, we have the potential to reach the top of our fields and contribute fully.

Social Security Administration Must Expedite Approval of Disability Claims for Patients with IBD

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

The White House must urge the Social Security Administration to convene a hearing to add inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, to its Compassionate Allowance initiative in order to expedite the approval of critical government assistance for patients living with these incurable digestive diseases.