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Rebecca Kaplan
Rebecca Kaplan is a public relations professional, freelance writer, and blogger. You can read more about her life loving someone with Crohn's Disease at or follow her on Twitter @caringforcrohns.

Entries by Rebecca Kaplan

CDC: Remove Anti-Smoking Ad Portraying Ostomies in Negative Light

(20) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 3:48 PM

I am sick and tired of people with ostomies being portrayed in a negative light. Time and time again, different organizations, companies, and individuals have tried to portray an ostomy as a negative consequence of an action, creating a societal stigma that having an ostomy is a horrible thing. In...

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

(21) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 2:47 PM

More than 1.6 million Americans live everyday with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic, incurable, and debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that cause crippling abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and weight loss, among other symptoms.

Patients with IBD depend on medication...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:54 AM

December 1 marks the start of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, an important week within the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) community to bring attention to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), two debilitating digestive diseases that cause crippling abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and weight...

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World IBD Day: It's Not All Sunshine and Flowers

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:39 PM

May 19 was World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day and yet I am not feeling optimistic or positive like I would normally. Instead I am feeling defeated -- defeated by the lack of progress made over the past 365 days toward ascertaining a public understanding of these digestive diseases. I...

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

(7) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:01 AM

I hate the word cure, and for good reason.

People throw that word around willy-nilly when discussing all sorts of illnesses, especially inflammatory bowel diseases. People have claimed that they were cured of these medically incurable diseases through homeopathic methods, diet modification, and, in my favorite case,...

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Not Just a Pooping Disease: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

(18) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Co-authored with Stephanie Hughes

Dec. 1 marked the start of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, a week dedicated to educating the public about Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis and how these diseases affect patients and the loved ones that support them.

Approximately 1.4 million...

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Cincinnati Police Department: An Ostomy Is Not a Tragedy

(28) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Co-authored with Stephanie Hughes

"You don't want to become this do you?"

That's the underlying message the Cincinnati Police Department is touting by using images of people with colostomies in its new attempt to deter at-risk youth from entering into a life of violence. The CPD tries to...

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Time for New York State to Pass the Restroom Access Act

(7) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Ally Bain was 14 when she experienced the humiliation of having an accident in public. She was out shopping with her mom when the urge to use the bathroom struck. As a patient with Crohn's disease, she knew she had a matter of minutes before she would lose...

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Celebrating Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week

(14) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Six years ago, I had not heard of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. I lived in a world where I was blissfully unaware of inflammatory bowel diseases, where the debilitating symptoms didn't impact my life. Then I met my now-husband Dan, and everything changed.

Dan was diagnosed with Crohn's disease...

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Caring For a Loved One With Crohn's Disease

(9) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 4:19 PM

My husband woke me up at 1 a.m. on April 15, 2011 with a stomachache. For most people, a stomachache isn't a major concern and passes with time. However, he had been on and off the toilet all night, nothing was moving, and the pain wasn't getting better. I jumped...

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