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

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 12.18.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 ...

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.