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IBD Awareness Week: What IBD Has Taught Me

December 1-7 is IBD Awareness Week. At this exact time four years ago I started feeling symptoms and didn't know what it was. As I approach my four year diagnosis anniversary, I reflect on what having a chronic illness means to me, how it has changed me, and what it has taught me. If you… Continue reading IBD Awareness Week: What IBD Has Taught Me

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A Letter of Appreciation

I am entering a busy, but exciting time in my life. I turn 25 in a few days and I am graduating from my master's degree in less than a month. When I am busy and find myself going through the motions, I stop to take a breath and consider what I'm grateful for. It's… Continue reading A Letter of Appreciation

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The Grief of IBD

No one really talks about the grief that chronic illness patients experience. Having a chronic illness is not always about dealing with the symptoms. It is largely about understanding and accepting feelings of loss, helplessness, and uncertainty. I have had a tough few weeks and I saw these posts on social media recently that helped… Continue reading The Grief of IBD

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The Four Agreements

September is my favorite month of the year, yet this year it was filled with a lot of lows. I have been feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated - especially since I haven't really gotten back to 100% after having COVID. I have been tested a lot in my life, but I always find my way… Continue reading The Four Agreements

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COVID and IBD

Well, COVID managed to find it's way to me after two years of avoiding it. As someone with chronic illness and a weakened immune system, this was devastating. I called my mom in tears immediately after I tested positive, not sure what to do or how to handle it. Based on the symptoms I was… Continue reading COVID and IBD

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Daily Life with IBD

It's not easy to put into words what daily life is like living with a chronic, autoimmune disease like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The best way I can describe it is uncertain. I ask myself so many questions each day - questions that do not have a simple answer. "Why me?" "Are these random body… Continue reading Daily Life with IBD

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3 Common Biologics for IBD

Most people do not know what biologics are, as they are a relatively new treatment for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). I'm sure you've seen the commercials, but you're probably left wondering how they actually work. Biologics are protein-based antibodies used to stop certain proteins in the body from causing inflammation. Biologics are typically… Continue reading 3 Common Biologics for IBD

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3 Common Tests for IBD Patients

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients know a whole lot about getting tests done...almost too much. It isn't always the most fun, but I constantly remind myself that the tests will (hopefully!) provide answers. Since IBD is such a complicated illness, we can't always rely on how we are feeling. Sometimes how we feel on the… Continue reading 3 Common Tests for IBD Patients

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Staying Strong with Chronic Illness

I've had a few friends reach out to me lately and ask how I keep going despite having a chronic illness. "How does it not bother you?" "You always have a smile on your face!" I can confirm that it does in fact bother me and yes, I do have a smile on my face… Continue reading Staying Strong with Chronic Illness

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When Nothing Hurts

I haven't been writing nearly as much as I used to or want to, and I'm kicking myself for that. Writing is an outlet for me and it was the best discovery I could have ever made during my ulcerative colitis (UC) recovery journey. I am better able to express my thoughts and feelings when… Continue reading When Nothing Hurts