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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...

January 17, 2018

Chronic illness can be tough and lonely.  It seems that most people can appreciate that fact and they know what it generally means to be lonely.  But “lonely” takes on a new definition that goes deeper and darker with the personalized, persistent, and relentless class...

December 4, 2017

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It was a beautiful, hazy day in August when I was formally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. From over the phone, the doctor’s words seemed in such stark contrast to my surroundings that I had trouble digesting the...

November 28, 2017

When I’m not feeling well, it can be hard to take care of me AND all of the responsibilities that I take on, including parenting two young boys.  Because chronic illness requires a life-long dedication, I don’t always have the option to ask for help when things get a l...

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 7, 2017

A weird thing happened recently.  I had arrived a few minutes late to a packed party and was taking off my coat when the words, “This is the girl with Crohn’s!” were shouted across the busy room.  I hadn’t had a chance to meet the recipient of this information, so my f...

October 24, 2017

Symptoms can manifest slowly.  Or, they can rear their ugly head with a shocking strength that would throw even the most steady-footed individuals into a spiral that feels unending.  I remember quite vividly what I’ve dubbed as “the last morning of normalcy” (Or rather...

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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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