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October 25, 2019

Living with IBD is a complex journey of ups and downs.  Each of us patients seem to have our own set of unique challenges and personal needs to support our care.  Many of us also have individual preferences, lifestyle changes that we have to adopt, and short and long-t...

September 24, 2019

***I did NOT make this decision without first talking openly and honestly with my doctor AND reviewing a plan for my next choice of treatment. 

When I first started Humira, a biologic medication that I injected every two weeks to manage Crohns disease, in 2014, it was m...

May 19, 2019

It's #worldIBDday2019!  Over the past decade with IBD, i've come to view this annual recognition of IBD across the globe as a celebration: "HEY! We've made through another year with IBD!  We did it!"  The fatigue-filled days that felt too long, the nights spent ma...

December 1, 2018

Happy December!  It's the unofficial start to the holidays in my house AND the beginning of Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week... so things are feeling incredibly festive!  Over the past two years, though, celebrating this week seems to top even the best of holiday prep...

November 16, 2018

For years, I didn’t think I’d ever tell my kids that their mom has Crohn’s disease.  I had worked so hard for so long to achieve remission... so I was tired of dealing with Crohn's when my first was born.  As a result, I never shared what was going on and often focused...

September 6, 2018

Knowing that I'd be hitting double digits since my diagnosis with Crohn's disease has caused me to spend a lot of time reflecting over the past few months.  After spending so many years focused on getting to a future that was bright and disease-free, it's a little weir...

July 29, 2018

"Being positive" and "accepting one's situation" are often described as necessities for fighting the good fight when in ailing health.  But is that always realistic?  Being positive and accepting something that was never asked for?  For me, acceptance is such a weighte...

July 9, 2018

It's been a little while now that I've lived in a state of mostly disease-free bliss.  We all know that "remission" still comes with disease-related draw-backs and symptoms (most annoyingly a lovely stint of SIBO this past winter).  But for the most part, remission is...

June 6, 2018

A few months ago, I received a call that would stop me in my tracks: would I like to share my thoughts on what defines a quality gastroenterologist at this year's Digestive Diseases Week (#DDW2018)?  I think that I said "YES!" before the question was even finished.  I...

May 27, 2018

In order to get well enough to take on the role of motherhood in the way that I wanted, I would need to take Cimzia (throughout my first pregnancy) and then Humira (started after a rough flare and shortly before my second pregnancy).  I was nervous at first, but, armed...

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ABOUT ME

For nearly a decade, I've managed life with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) of the digestive tract. As a young woman, symptoms appeared one day, and they wouldn't be tamed for years.  While the disease hasn't stopped me from living my life, its appearance has altered my course; sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. I'm passionate about sharing my experience to support others.  

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