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Crohns Disease

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.

The One New Year's Resolution Every Person Living With Chronic Illness Should Make

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Lottie V. Ryan

If this is your only intention for 2015 it will be a far better year than previous years.

An Interview With Sofia: John Mayer Meets kd lang

Tristan Higgins | Posted 02.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I recently sat down with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sofia. We had so much fun talking that I lost myself in a few places. What? I'm not a professional journalist. I am a butch lawyer who writes a blog, and I can count on one hand how many times I have actually sat down with another butch. What follows is (most of) our conversation.

Choices

Sarah Hannah | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hannah

Today I thought I'd give you all a taste of what life can be like for someone with a chronic illness. It's important to remember that no two days are the same, and while this is an average day for me, some can be better and others may be much worse.

#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.

Exclusive! World Premiere of Sofia's Video 'Friendly Little Ghost'

Tristan Higgins | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I got the chance to interview up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sofia recently. If you don't know who she is, you're going to want to. Think kd lang meets John Mayer.

How My Disability Affects Me Professionally

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Although it is becoming more and more acceptable to talk about women's need for flexibility in the workplace, disability is still considered a very taboo, almost shameful, subject.

Why Colostomy Selfies Don't Give The Full Picture

Marc Mierowsky | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Marc Mierowsky

I can't help but feel that because Townsend is beautiful despite the bag, her pictures may not empower as they are intended. In our visually obsessed culture, the focus has been solely on the bravery of the selfies, not their accompanying stories. I think this is the wider problem.

3 Words I Wish All Parents Would Remember

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

I know you think that all of your actions are in the best interest of your child, but I want to share some lessons learned in the hope that you stop doing some of those seemingly well-intentioned things. I was forced to stop. I hope you choose to.

Lessons Learned While Packing Up My Son's Bedroom, Alone

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

This is not the way the story in my head went for the past 18 years. The story in my head was always that we would pack up his belongings together, laugh out loud at the tiny discoveries we would uncover as we found childhood treasures long forgotten. That was not HIS story.

Viral Bikini Photo Of Woman With Crohn's Inspires Others To Bare Their Colostomy Bags

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact

Women across the globe who depend on colostomy bags are proudly baring their bellies in bikini selfies, thanks to an aspiring model who gave them the ...

Aspiring Model With Crohn's Disease Isn't Afraid To Show Colostomy Bags In Bikini Photo

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

When Bethany Townsend finally grew sick and tired of hiding her colostomy bags, she posed for a photo in a sleek black bikini and shared the image on ...

On Trial: Judgement vs. Expression

Daniel Leighton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

I struggled to write this article. I was imagining people scouring the article for every little thing I did wrong. I was constantly questioning the worth and validity of what I had to say. I'm still doing it as I write this.

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.

How Bacteria in Our Gut Can Guide GI Treatment

Colleen R. Kelly, M.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Colleen R. Kelly, M.D.

Even though greater access to mass DNA sequencing technology and the emergence of bioinformatics has given us the ability to study the four pounds of microorganisms that make up the microbiome in greater detail, there's still much more that we can learn about the body's "unsung organ."

The Loneliness of the Sick Self-Tracker

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Shaquille O'Neal towered on a main stage in the Austin Convention Center, chatting about wearable technology amid the uber-hip throng at the South by ...