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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...

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...

From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a mother.  But, when I began experiencing symptoms of Crohn’s disease at age 21, I became worried about how my future may look.  Knowing instinctively that I wanted to be well to have a child, I set out on a mission to heal...

January 10, 2018

As the fireworks faded on the first day of 2017, I felt excited and motivated.  “This would be the year,” I remember telling my husband, “that I’ll have my strongest body yet.”  As an active woman, a busy mom, and a person with Crohn’s disease, it was important to me t...

November 14, 2017

Recently, I wrote an email to my specialist and felt the need to say, “Sorry for rambling!” at the end.  But is this really how I should be feeling after communicating with my doctor? 

I’ve been with this doctor for quite a few years, and yet I still feel the need...

November 11, 2017

My experience managing chronic illness changed forever when I met my first “chronic-friend.”  She was beautiful and confident and looked to be

about my age.  We connected immediately when our paths crossed at my first job out of college.  Within hours of meeting, s...

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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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