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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...

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...

March 15, 2018

Working while managing a disability that doesn't take a break between the typical 9 - 5pm work-day is sometimes nerve-wracking.  How will my boss, coworkers, and clients handle situations that require me to put my symptoms first?  Will symptoms hold me back from achiev...

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 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...

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...

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...

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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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