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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...

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...

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 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...

October 27, 2017

If you haven’t decided yet, but you’re thinking about possibly starting a medication that requires injections, reading through these tips may help you understand the type of at-home routine that will be required.

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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September 24, 2019

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