What is a J-Pouch?

What_Is_A_JPOUCH

What is a J-Pouch? Many patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) undergo a procedure called the ileal-pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA). IPAA is also known as J-Pouch surgery. Sources vary, but in my research, I’ve read that anywhere from 15-50% of ulcerative colitis patients will eventually have surgery. The IPAA procedure involves removing the entire colon and rectum. A pouch, or reservoir is then created…

Read more ›

5 Tips to Survive the Summer with IBD

Summer2

Well, we’ve finally gotten into the summer months and for most people it’s a time to party and have fun. For many with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, it can be somewhat of a hassle. Your risk for dehydration goes up, and you have to deal with the stress of travel. Summertime has long been associated with vacationing and…

Read more ›

How the Luxe Bidet Neo 185 Saved my Bum

LuxeBidet

Luxe Bidet Neo 185 DISCLAIMER: I was given the Luxe Bidet Neo185 to review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by any of the companies. I will always give you an open, honest review of the product. Remember, any products listed on…

Read more ›

Patient-Driven Research. What!?

If you’re like me, when you think about research, you think of doctors and scientists that are higher up in the hierarchy of life who come up with the areas of research, conduct the studies and then come back and inform us of the results. Very disconnected. Oftentimes I feel like an outsider looking in. At least there’s research…

Read more ›