Patients: The “Real” Experts


Experts by Experience I was browsing some Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) support groups this week and stumbled across an interesting question. It wasn’t what the person was asking, but how it was asked. They prefaced it with something along the lines of, “I could ask my doctor, but I want to hear from the real experts. The patients who…

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IBD vs “Stomach Flu”


The Difference Between IBD & Stomach Flu Patients living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) have a strong message they’d like to share with the rest of the world: IBD is not the “stomach flu.” Not even close. Gastroenteritis, as the stomach flu is officially known, is most commonly caused by a virus. I will be using the terms interchangeably….

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My Thoughts on Healthcare


Healthcare Happy 2017! I hope all of you had a great holiday season and that your guts behaved themselves and your families and friends were kind and understanding. I’m getting back into my usual advocacy work but lately it’s proven difficult with morning sickness knocking me down. But I’m determined to push through it. Today, I want to introduce…

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Holiday Blues and IBD


Holiday Blues and IBD by Beckey Gooden The holidays are a time of reflection, joy and for some people, solitude.  When you are dealing with chronic illnesses like UC or Crohn’s, the blues can be overwhelming. Many of us have lost our dignity, our professional lives, and many friendships. It’s hard to find our old selves and be part of…

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