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Telling my boss about my invisible condition

Posted: February 27 2020

In 1998, during my last year of high school, I began going to the bathroom up to 12 times a day. My weight dropped quickly—five pounds, then 20—and I felt tired, had diarrhea constantly, and my stomach was always killing me. Both my mom and my doctor thought this was a reaction to the stress […]

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I’ve been battling chronic illness for years.

Posted: February 6 2020

I’m a sick person. I go to the doctor a lot. I’m not shy about things that I need, or when something doesn’t feel right, and I usually have the language to articulate what I think is going on. I’m almost forty years old! Yet one of the things that is most baffling to me […]

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Crohn’s disease dragged my body to a point where it barely functioned

Posted: January 23 2020

Today, I am healthier than I have been in a long time. But even so, this summer break alone has seen me in hospital twice to have abscesses removed, an outpatient flexible sigmoidoscopy​, which is an exam to evaluate the lower part of the large intestine, and an MRI. The days are dwindling until the first […]

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Living with ulcerative colitis: turning Points

Posted: January 21 2020

Watch the following stories here. Patient turned Counselor Six months into her marriage, Jennifer Martin’s new life started to fall apart. She began having serious digestive problems. She had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but this was worse than anything she had ever experienced. A Life-Changing Race It took Mary Beth Szydlowski a long time […]

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I tried 22 different medications before an electrical implant healed my Crohn’s disease

Posted: January 15 2020

When I was in the eighth grade, my life changed forever. I was tap dancing during a play rehearsal and twisted my ankle. It sounds pretty innocuous, right? But what followed was a big shock. At first, the swelling in my ankle seemed normal. After a few weeks my ankle was just as swollen as […]

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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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