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Why Colostomy Selfies Don't Give The Full Picture

Marc Mierowsky | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 ...

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.

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

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

These diseases have been known primarily as "pooping diseases" because many patients frequent the bathroom as a result of the cramping and abdominal pain caused by IBD. However, there are many aspects of the disease that are far worse than spending time in the bathroom.

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 p...

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.

5 Fashion Tips for Cancer Patients (And Others With Chronic Illness)

Anna Leahy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Leahy

If you're sick, wear what you like. Wear whatever you want to wear, whatever makes you happy or comfortable. Wear something old that brings back memories. Rules don't matter.

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

'We Make A Conscious Choice Every Day To Be Happy'

HuffingtonPost.com | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.15.2013 | Weddings

This story is the first of four profiles of couples taking a third metric approach to matrimony, prioritizing wellbeing and fun ahead of wealth, statu...

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 ...

Time for New York State to Pass the Restroom Access Act

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 05.26.2013 | New York
Rebecca Kaplan

It's time for New York State to pony up and pass the Restroom Access Act. The quality of life of the thousands of New Yorkers living every day with inflammatory bowel disease depend on it.

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!"

Ringing in the New Year With Fleetwood Mac

Jane Heller | Posted 03.05.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

We were in the midst of dinner when Michael mentioned that among the very few material possessions he'd been able to grab before a wall of flames drove him and Martha out of their house was the documentary footage he'd shot 35 years ago of Fleetwood Mac's 1977 Japanese tour.

What If 'Home for the Holidays' Is Your Local ER?

Jane Heller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

Over the course of my 20-year marriage, my husband Michael has developed an uncanny knack for having medical crises on national holidays -- crises that inevitably require a trip to the emergency room of whatever hospital is within striking distance.

What Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week Means to Me

Mike_McCready | Posted 12.07.2012 | Entertainment
Mike_McCready

I have lived with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease for 25 years. Despite this diagnosis, I have a fortunate career as the lead guitarist of Pearl Jam, a beautiful family, and am an advocate for people struggling with these same diseases.