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Ben Harvey | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Ben Harvey

While I may not be quite as blissfully happy as the guy smelling flowers in the Humira ad, I know how lucky I am to be alive.

Man Proudly Displays Ostomy Bag, Urges Others To Not Be Ashamed

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.01.2016 | Good News

One man with Crohn's disease shared a striking photo to show that those with conspicuous medical issues should stay strong and embrace who they are. ...

Teen Slays At Reminding Us That Not All Disabilities Are Visible

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.06.2016 | Good News

This is one young person wise beyond her years from whom we can all learn a lesson. Aimee Rouski, a 19-year-old with Crohn’s disease, has posted thr...

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.

Women With These Diseases May Be Needlessly Limiting Their Fertility Options

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many women with a bowel disorder that can affect fertility choose not to attempt pregnancy even though treatment m...

Can Diet Help Manage IBD Symptoms?

Michael Osso | Posted 04.06.2016 | 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.

No, It's Not Cancer -- It's a Rare Disease

Erin Havel | Posted 02.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

My family did not have other families to talk with, or survivors to hear from. I couldn't explain the pains I was feeling to anyone who understood what I was talking about. At the time, there was only one doctor we found to consult with, and he had very limited knowledge on the subject.

This Mom's Pregnancy Selfies Are Beautiful And Unique For Powerful Reason

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.12.2016 | Good News

This mom who wears an ileostomy bag is trying to empower others to feel beautiful in the skin they're in. Krystal Miller, a 32-year-old from Perth, A...

How Giving Up My Expectations Made Me a Better Mother

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

Because I have absolutely no control or expectations, our relationship has ascended to the next level. I'm still Mom, just a much better, more compassionate, softer, more realistic version of Mom. His life is his to define and embrace with no expectations from me. I just love being on the sidelines of his life and to watch him bloom!

What It Feels Like When Your Dreams Come True

Anna Snapp | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts
Anna Snapp

To be honest, I never felt like it was brave thing to do -- share my life story about physical and mental illness; it just felt right. My only outlet was theater, and it felt like the only way I could express the angst, anger and sadness I had been feeling about my life.

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

Michael Osso | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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.

How To Help A Pregnant Mom Who Needs Baby Products And A Home

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents

This holiday season, Breanna Brame isn't fixated on picking out gifts or decorating a tree. Instead, she's trying to make ends meet and acquire the es...

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 07.22.2016 | 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 roc...

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.