IBD Awareness

World IBD Day: A Lesson in Self-Worth

Today, May 19th, is World IBD Day! Today is a great day to bring awareness to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and those illnesses that fall under this umbrella term - Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation advertises this day each year and when I went to their website to see how… Continue reading World IBD Day: A Lesson in Self-Worth

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5 Things IBD Patients Want You To Know

I have always found the hardest part about living with a chronic illness is conveying it to others. There are so many layers to it, and they cannot always be seen by the naked eye. Many of the effects are emotional, internal, and invisible. This blog post is a list of my top five things… Continue reading 5 Things IBD Patients Want You To Know

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It Doesn’t End Here

After receiving the news a few months ago that I was officially in endoscopic remission, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. It felt like I could finally take a deep breath. No more worrying that I had lingering inflammation in my colon. While this news was worth celebrating, I still felt like… Continue reading It Doesn’t End Here

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Why Me?

When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I asked myself this question many times. As a Catholic, I couldn't quite wrap my mind around the fact that God would let me suffer so much by giving me this disease. Sometimes I scan over every part of my life and wonder what I did to… Continue reading Why Me?

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Endoscopic Remission

Today, I had a colonoscopy - my third one since being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2019. I never really look forward to prepping for the colonoscopy; in fact, I dread it every time. The idea of not being able to eat any solid food for an entire day is awful, because I love my… Continue reading Endoscopic Remission

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Injection Day Essentials

Happy Friday! Friday to me means injection day. I know it is not the best day to have to do an injection, but it is something I have gotten used to over the past two years. My journey with Humira has been long - I have gotten over the insurance bumps, the delayed medication bumps,… Continue reading Injection Day Essentials

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Invest in Yourself

After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, I lost a lot of my self-confidence and it wasn't easy to gain it back. I thought I would never have the chance to live the life I wanted and had planned for myself. I remember making that conscious decision to invest in myself. It was a decision… Continue reading Invest in Yourself

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Navigating Life’s Great Divide

Little book nerd me recently finished a book titled Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad. I have to say it was one of the best books I have read in recent years. I found it relatable in every aspect - so relatable that I highlighted forty passages on my… Continue reading Navigating Life’s Great Divide

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Anniversary of My Diagnosis

Today, January 4th, marks three years since I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I still remember it like yesterday. I woke up from my colonoscopy with a cup of water in hand and I overheard the doctor tell my parents that it was definitely colitis. "There are ulcers covering her entire colon." At the time,… Continue reading Anniversary of My Diagnosis

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IBD Affects More Than the Gut

I saw a post on Instagram recently that said "Chronic illness is just as much a mental battle as a physical one." I wish this was something the chronic illness community could easily convey to others, but it just isn't that easy. Only when you are faced with the challenges a chronically ill person faces… Continue reading IBD Affects More Than the Gut