UC Can Take My Colon, But I Won’t Quit – Heather’s Story

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INTRODUCTION: This week, I’d like to introduce you to Colitis Mama, Heather Bernard. I absolutely love reading diagnosis stories. They help me to feel less alone and make me realize just how strong people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease are. Through it all, Heather managed to get married and have a beautiful son. The judges have awarded her as the 1st Place Winner in the…

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A Small Price to Pay – Erika’s Story

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INTRODUCTION: This week, I’d like to introduce you to photographer Erika Montoya. I was so touched to read Erika’s story. Her first colonoscopy was at just 15 years old!!! Like too many others, she has been through many trials as she was placed on this journey with ulcerative colitis. The judges have claimed her as the 2nd Place Winner in the #IBDninja Prize Pack…

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Anonymously Brave: Poo is Taboo

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Anonymously Brave: Poo is Taboo This week my story was featured on the Today Show’s website and Facebook page. The week before last, Susan James called me for an interview. At the time, I didn’t think much of it… I’ve been interviewed before, but most of those interviews were for smaller, lesser-known websites. Never anything so well-known as the…

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What is a J-Pouch?

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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…

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