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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 04.06.2016 | 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.

How to Let Go in One Simple Step

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 02.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Jacqui Zadik

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.

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.

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.

Stop Using My Disease to Stop Smoking

Bethany Sales | Posted 10.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Bethany Sales

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.

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.

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.

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. Hill ...

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.

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.

#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.

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.

Cure vs. Remission: Thoughts From a Crohn's Caregiver

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

Until researchers find a cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, I implore you -- please don't say these diseases can be cured when they can't. There is already a significant lack of understanding related to these diseases -- we must be focused on disseminating the right information and making people aware of these diseases, rather than spreading false truths.

Lisa Bonchek Adams, Tweeting Cancer and Loneliness

Francesca Kaplan Grossman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Women
Francesca Kaplan Grossman

I imagine Lisa Bonchek Adams is sharing her experience in an effort to be less lonely. To share the pain (and also the beauty) that human suffering offers us.

Art Words: Holding It Together

Daniel Leighton | Posted 12.29.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Pieces of heart. Disconnection from Self. The shadow that surrounds you: What you know you could be, what you fear you might be. Caught up in a past...

In the Cave -- Going Into Darkness

Daniel Leighton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Experiencing pain and loss is part of every human's experience, but too often we skip over the feelings that come with it.

Cincinnati Police Department: An Ostomy Is Not a Tragedy

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

While it is commendable for the department to attempt to curb the behavior of these youth, the use of ostomies as an undesirable outcome of youth violence is not only misinformed, it is inappropriate, distasteful and downright offensive.

Tied Up at the Hospital

Daniel Leighton | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Three days before my first solo show, I stood alone in a Dallas art gallery staring at one of my paintings. Tied Up At The Hospital is about my first visit to the hospital when I was five years old. This painting is about the moment when I realized that I was powerless in this fight.

Wanted: Colon-Friendly Restaurant

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Although unrealistic, I kind of like dreaming about opening a restaurant. Especially after a week of "tummy troubles" and a weekend spent in the hospital after a battle with my small intestine.

Opening Up

Daniel Leighton | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Art has provided me with the tools to transform that pain and anguish into beauty and healing. Line and color provide a conduit through which I can reach into the deepest part of myself and share the treasures that lie within.

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep With This Health Condition

Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living

By Karen Appold Getting a good night's sleep may be good for your health, but when you have Crohn's disease, uncomfortable symptoms like gas and bl...

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!"

Caring For a Loved One With Crohn's Disease

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 10.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

My husband has some residual pain and small scars from the surgery, but his Crohn's disease is mostly under control. Going through these serious hospitalizations and the surgery taught me the importance of being in control of your loved one's medical care.