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How Crohn’s disease helped me become stronger

Posted: March 29 2021

By Raechelle Bright. I was about to start my senior year of high school. I was feeling sick for a long time and kept it under wraps because I thought it would go away. I started losing weight (and at an extreme rate). Bathroom trips were more frequent, and I often saw blood. I didn’t […]

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Why everyone with IBD should be offered therapy

Posted: March 29 2021

By Jenna Farmer. When I think back to the day I received a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, there are a few memories that stick out in my mind. The doctor handing me medication without really explaining what it was. Googling Crohn’s disease in my sedated, half-awake state, because I really knew nothing about the disease. Mostly, […]

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Podcast: My amazing body – The bowel

Posted: March 24 2021

My Amazing Body is a podcast that explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body, featuring interviews with medical experts and stories from real Queenslanders. Each episode runs for about 20 minutes, and you can listen in any order you want. General and colorectal surgeon Dr Ming Ho explains how the bowel works, and […]

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Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville to take three months off after ‘serious’ health scare

Posted: March 1 2021

By Caroline Schelle Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville announced the leave period in a statement on Saturday, explaining she has been in hospital since last week as a result of Crohn’s disease. “The clear advice from my doctors is if I don’t take this period of rest and recovery I will be faced […]

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‘After my inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis, no one could’ve prepared me for life as a sick mom

Posted: February 24 2021

By Brooke Abbott, as told to Alison Goldman The first time I saw my son crawl at around 6 months old, he was moving across my hospital bed. I had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, 20 months before my son was born, but this was the moment I truly realized just how […]

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Tips for surviving your first PillCam

Posted: January 25 2021

By Jenna Farmer Although inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) isn’t a new condition, the scientific developments surrounding it are constantly changing. Along with new treatments, new procedures have also been created to help with the diagnostic and monitoring process of IBD patients. One of these is a PillCam, a nifty piece of technology that’s particularly useful for those […]

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‘Invisible and isolating’: Lauren Beasley’s battle with Crohn’s disease

Posted: December 14 2020

The Silver Sands resident has been locked in a fight with the inflammatory bowel disease for the past two years, and as she describes, it has all but brought her life to a standstill. In that time she’s gone from energetic retail worker to unemployed and often bedridden, with both the financial and physical impacts […]

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My chronic illness was only taken seriously when it made me thin

Posted: December 14 2020

By Hattie Gladwell “You look so poorly, you poor thing,” friends and relatives would say as a concerned look spread across their faces. I was 19 and had just been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. I’d been underweight for years and the disease became so severe that it perforated my bowel. Because […]

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Teen’s Crohn’s treatment helps her keep playing music

Posted: December 1 2020

For Abigail Tucker, it started with migraines and stomach pains. Then she started losing weight — as much as 50 pounds. She said her condition worsened to the point that, when she was 13, she felt like withdrawing from friends and skipping activities such as playing or teaching piano. Soon she was often missing a […]

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Why I’m striving to change the healthcare experience for black and brown people with IBD

Posted: December 1 2020

I was really tired. I thought I could stop the bleeding like I had in the past — eat more kale. Yes, I thought it was that simple. In the past, when I noticed bleeding from my rectum, I would go on a heavily green diet and the bleeding would go away. As a child, […]

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