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‘People think when you have inflammatory bowel disease that you just go to the toilet a lot, but it’s more than that…’

Posted: December 5 2019

I was actually diagnosed during Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week two years ago, which was a bit of a coincidence. It just came out of nowhere – I had been pregnant with my second baby and there were some things during the pregnancy that I suppose were a sign that something was going on, but […]

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‘It’s humiliating when someone tuts at you for using a disabled loo’

Posted: December 5 2019

Two years after his diagnosis, Mesha decided to have an operation to have a stoma created, where an ileostomy bag is attached. This means that his body now bypasses the large intestine and the waste is collected in the bag that sits outside his body. Now, he works as a personal trainer and when his […]

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Allison Zuck’s personal experience with Crohn’s

Posted: December 3 2019

When I first started experiencing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, I was just 20 years old. It was the beginning of my junior year of college – I was studying abroad in Versailles, just outside of Paris – and I noticed something was wrong within my first month there. I was having constant stomach […]

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What it’s like to live with both a mental and physical illness at the same time

Posted: December 3 2019

I am one of those lucky people who live with both a chronic illness and mental illness. I have ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease which led to the removal of my large intestine, and I also have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And yes, it can […]

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Crohn’s disease patient teaches people to walk in her shoes with new app

Posted: November 28 2019

Anna Sutherland, whose mother Debbie Knox was part of a gold medal-winning team in Salt Lake City in 2002, has faced up to her own challenge after years of living with Crohn’s disease. The 23-year-old is now helping to reduce the stigma surrounding the lifelong illness through the launch of a new app. One of […]

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“They told me candies, milkshakes, and pizza were all fine”

Posted: November 14 2019

Scott Lippman was on a vacation with his wife in Central America in 2013 when he suddenly got sick. “We were nervous about it, so we cut the trip short,” says Lippman. Back home in New York, though, he wasn’t getting better. In fact, little by little, he was getting worse. “I was losing weight. […]

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How to become a loud, proud advocate for people with ulcerative colitis

Posted: November 14 2019

When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in 2012, I sensed my life was going to change drastically — and not just because of the everyday work of managing my symptoms. My feelings were confirmed when I was admitted for my first long hospital stay, during which I learned I had pancolitis, a form […]

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Lemonade stand helps fight Cronh’s disease

Posted: November 12 2019

On the Friday before Labor Day, a quiet side street in Canton, Massachusetts, is buzzing with activity. Cars line both sides of the street, and kids ride their bikes back and forth. Local firetrucks and police cars sound their alarms in celebration. In fact, it seems the entire town of Canton has descended upon the […]

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Imagine Dragons’ frontman lives with two chronic diseases

Posted: October 31 2019

Imagine Dragons is as American pop-rock bank from Las Vegas, known for their hit songs “Radioactive,” “Thunder,” and “Believer.” Their lead vocalist, Dan Reynolds, surprised fans in 2015 by announcing that he has been diagnosed with two medical conditions. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) at the age of 21, and ankylosing spondylitis at 24. He […]

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Victorian bowel cancer patient charged with cultivating cannabis

Posted: October 24 2019

Alice Burns said a lack of affordable medicinal cannabis led to her decision to grow her own cannabis, which she then used to make cannabis oil. The 54-year-old was arrested and charged in June, after a police tip-off led to a search of her home in regional Victoria’s Otway Ranges. “The local policeman knew that […]

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