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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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