A recent study came out this month identifying specific fungus and bacteria that were linked to cases of Crohn’s disease. While E coli had prev...
This is not going to be a blog on how I managed to overcome my insecurities about my own body image and Crohn’s disease and managed to radically...
Okay, it's a bit of a stretch to say impossible, but keep reading because I'm going to make my case. How can I properly present Crohn's to people wh...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once we learn to let go of our personal issues and ego, it leads us to in turn wonder why we act the way we do, too.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contrary to what the CDC would like you to believe, an ostomy isn't just something that happens to a person that willfully destroys their body, it's something that happens to someone whose body is being destroyed by something beyond their control.
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.