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Living With Gratitude

When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, practicing gratitude was hard. How could I be grateful that I got a chronic, autoimmune disease with no cure? Those of you that know me personally know that I am a Catholic, faith-based woman. I grew up in the Catholic church and actively practice my faith. My… Continue reading Living With Gratitude

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The Gut-Brain Connection

Yesterday, I read this awesome article done by the Harvard Health blog about the gut-brain connection. I was so excited to find an article about this topic because I have been wondering ever since I was diagnosed if there was a connection. Having IBD has made me much more conscious about what is going on… Continue reading The Gut-Brain Connection

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Letting Go of Fear

Don't let fear dominate your life! Too often, I use fear as an excuse not to do things. Like I mentioned in my previous blog post, I tend to let fear set invisible limits on what I can or cannot do. I exceed those limits every single time, teaching myself that I am much more… Continue reading Letting Go of Fear

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Falling Victim to Comparison

Comparing yourself to others is a losing battle. Being a young adult in this modern world, I find myself in this trap often. But being a young adult with a chronic illness makes falling victim to comparison ten times easier. The use of social media specifically has fueled the art of comparison and causes many… Continue reading Falling Victim to Comparison

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Humira: An Honest Review

What is Humira? Humira (adalimumab) is a prescription, biologic medication in the form of an injection. Humira actually treats many different inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC), and some eye infections. It comes in the form of both a pen injector and… Continue reading Humira: An Honest Review

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Why Don’t People Understand?

Getting someone to understand my chronic disease has been the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. I have asked myself this question many times in the past few years, but at the end of the day never came up with an answer. Truth is, no one is going to understand unless they have the disease… Continue reading Why Don’t People Understand?

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Tips for Healthy Digestion

I never knew how important digestion would be to my overall well-being as I grew older. It really is one of those things that no one ever thinks about. We just eat the food and expect our bodies to do the rest. For people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), digestion consumes our lives. It's all… Continue reading Tips for Healthy Digestion

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Let’s Spill the Tea!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love tea! Seriously, I drink about 3 cups of tea per day. I never get tired of it. Tea has several health benefits and has been my saving grace throughout the progression of my disease. When I studied abroad in Chile and my ulcerative colitis flared-up, one… Continue reading Let’s Spill the Tea!

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Dear Stress…

Dear Stress...let's break up! This is one of my favorite quotes. I found this quote in a magazine a couple of years ago when I was making a vision board and it seemed appropriate. I have let stress rule most of my life, sometimes without even knowing it. The scary thing about stress is that… Continue reading Dear Stress…

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Vitamins: Good or Bad?

I have heard so many things about vitamins and how good they are for your body, but how much is too much and how do you figure out which vitamins work for you? In previous posts, I have mentioned that I take a Vitamin D supplement during the winter and have tried a probiotic supplement.… Continue reading Vitamins: Good or Bad?