Dear IBD Friend, YES! You Are Still Lovable.


 Dear IBD Friend, I wanted to write this letter today to remind you that yes! You are still lovable. I’ve read your stories on message boards and support groups far too many times. Your story is one where you thought you’d found the love of your life… only to have that person leave you after your diagnosis. It’s a…

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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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