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Soul Food: The Ayurvedic Diet and How It Helped Me Manage IBD

Posted: January 31 2019

When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and was prescribed medication to treat it. Even with medication, I dealt with flares that caused severe bleeding, debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, and muscle cramps, among other symptoms. For three years my mother and I visited one specialist after another on the East Coast searching for answers. When a doctor […]

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Crohn’s disease sufferer recovering from burst bowel is now a champion weightlifter

Posted: January 31 2019

Manny Singh Tura, 27, weighing only seven-and-a-half stone (48kg) to begin with, shed three stone (19kg) in just two months after his bowel burst in December 2016. He had a foot-long (30cm) section of his bowel removed and needed an ileostomy bag for months, but has since returned to health and broken a regional weightlifting […]

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Photos of ‘Moon Face’ on Social Media

Posted: December 12 2018

“Moon face,” or the round face some people get while using steroids like prednisone, is a common and sometimes difficult side effect of chronic illness. Though opening up about how hard it can be when your face changes shape isn’t always easy, many chronic warriors have taken to Twitter to show off their own moon face […]

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Cannabis easing their chronic pain. Now their father is facing jail

Posted: December 12 2018

After years watching his daughters Morgan and Ariel suffer from the chronic auto-immune disease Crohn’s, Stephen Taylor decided to research medical cannabis. “A couple of times there I carried Morgan into hospital weighing around 32 kilograms — actually carrying her in my arms and crying.” Morgan, 21, and Ariel, 25, have both been repeatedly hospitalised […]

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Tired of hearing comments about your Weight?

Posted: December 12 2018

Weight is an emotionally charged subject for many people. For those living with Crohn’s disease, it’s an even more difficult topic, as weight loss and gain aren’t always in their control. Between flare-ups, courses of steroids, and sometimes even surgery, fluctuations on the scale are a somewhat inevitable part of living with the condition. One thing that certainly doesn’t help? Judgmental, […]

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Miraculous stem cell revolution! Defying Crohn’s Disease

Posted: December 3 2018

They are the building blocks of human life. And scientists are increasingly convinced that stem cells are set to revolutionise the entire spectrum of medicine, providing therapies for everything from cancer and heart disease to blindness and even paralysis. Professor Brendon Noble, the chief scientific officer at the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF), which funds […]

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Crohn’s disease can’t stop Shane

Posted: October 22 2018

A Bunbury father is shaking off any ignominy around a disease many are reluctant to speak out about with an ultimate goal of finding a cure. Shane Maher was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 26. “My life is different, I have to be mindful at all times of my condition,” the now […]

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Call for better diagnosis during Crohn’s and Colitis awareness month

Posted: May 4 2018

Getting a solid diagnosis was a long time coming for Ann Turnbull, 39, of Grays Point. Born with an abnormal bowel, she had surgery shortly after birth, and was in and out of hospital as a child.  Doctors told her she has an eating disorder at age 17 because she lost a lot of weight. […]

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Zaun Bhana tells of his experience with Infliximab and colitis

Posted: April 17 2018

My name is Zaun Bhana. I am 30 years old, married to my lovely wife Michelle and we have an 18 month old baby boy named Makan. I own an IT business called LEAP Consulting with a business partner that employs four staff and I have just bought my first house. I am also living […]

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Reality Bites

Posted: February 23 2018

Motherhood is a tough job. Doing a reality-TV program for two intensive months is a tough job. Managing a chronic illness is a tough job. Fortunately, Katrina Chambers, who at one point had all three on her plate, is tough, too. At 34 years old, Katrina is certainly living a full life. She’s mother to […]

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