Category Archives: Crohn’s disease

Twitter chats engage patients and experts

When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 15 years ago my instinct was to learn everything I could about the disease. Unfortunately, my doctor at that time discouraged me from educating myself. He handed me a pathetic little brochure…


The real poop on IBD

Back in January a columnist for The Virginian-Pilot wrote an incredibly insensitive, misinformed, and elitist piece that had my friends with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) losing their poop. Pun intended. The column was written in reaction to a defeated bill…


Rising to the Challenge

When I signed up for my first half-marathon, which took place recently on the Las Vegas strip at night, I knew I was in for a tremendous challenge. But I had no idea I would be finishing the 13.1 mile…


IBD: an equal-opportunity disease!

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), do not discriminate between age, race, gender, economic status, or geographic borders. It is truly an equal-opportunity disease! I was 18, a freshman in college, when I was diagnosed…


Living with a pain in the rear

I am living with a pain in the rear. Casey Abrams, a musician and American Idol alumnus, would say I am living with a “chip on my shoulder,” but I prefer to be as literal as possible. So yes, I…