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What I wish people knew about ulcerative colitis

Posted: January 20 2022

By Nour Al-Timimi Not too long ago, perhaps a few weeks ago, I was telling a colleague how I don’t like describing an unfamiliar person by their physical features. I obviously don’t know them enough to be able to describe them by personality or character trait, which makes it difficult when speaking or referring to […]

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Podcast: My amazing body – Anxiety

Posted: December 20 2021

Listen here. Dr Manaan Kar Ray, a psychiatrist and director for Adult Mental Health at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, explains what anxiety disorder is and how it affects your body. He also talks about the different types of anxiety and the best ways to look after your mental wellbeing. Michelle, a Queensland woman, talks about her lived experience with anxiety. Transcript: Dr Kar Ray: The first thing to […]

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‘You never know when you might flare up, day to day life is unpredictable’

Posted: December 13 2021

By Lizzie Thomson Both Crohn’s and colitis can affect anyone, at any age. James was diagnosed with colitis when he was 21. ‘I was vomiting, constantly glued to the toilet and I noticed blood in my stools – I knew something wasn’t right,’ he tells Metro.co.uk. ‘The whole holiday was a shambles for me as […]

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Amelia’s story is proof that life can still be good without a large intestine

Posted: December 8 2021

By Amelia Ranger For many, coming up with a Tinder bio is one of the hardest parts of online dating — luckily, I had a good one. ‘I don’t have a large intestine, but I make up for it with personality’. When I was single, my Tinder matches loved to ask me questions about my […]

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How I cope with eating around the holidays and living with IBD

Posted: December 6 2021

By Rachel Dyckman, RDN As someone with ulcerative colitis, I used to dread holiday gatherings, with their heavy, hard-to-digest meals and abundance of alcoholic beverages. The fact that I couldn’t control what foods were served — coupled with uncertainty about bathroom access and feeling chronically fatigued — sounded like a recipe for disaster. During holiday seasons when […]

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What moving to South Korea taught me about managing life and health with IBD

Posted: December 3 2021

By Sarah Breann Dinwiddie When the blogs I read warned there would be no central air, they didn’t lie. I shoved my face into a handheld fan, sweat dripping, a lanyard with my name on it hanging around my neck. It was 2018, I had been living with Crohn’s disease for over a decade, and I was […]

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How to maintain your social life when you have IBD

Posted: October 11 2021

By Elizabeth Millard About two years ago, as Samantha Plevney was dealing with a major Crohn’s disease flare-up, she decided to tell her gastroenterologist how it was affecting her emotional health. “I told him that I’m alive but I’m not living,” she recalls. “Not being able to see my friends because of the uncertainty of […]

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Fecal transplants: a new treatment for IBD

Posted: October 4 2021

By Stacey Colino Linda Ann Sasser has had ulcerative colitis since she was 20, but it wasn’t until May 2019, about 30 years later, that her condition hit a low point: not only did she have a major flare-up of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but on top of it, she had Clostridioides difficile (or C. diff), a highly […]

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How I manage a Crohn’s disease flare

Posted: September 30 2021

By Basmah Ali   Flare-ups. In my opinion, they are the most terrifying words for a person living with Crohn’s disease. They’re unexpected and they’re always in the back of my mind. On one hand, there are some factors that I know trigger them, such as overexercising, missing and/or taking the wrong dosage of medications, lack […]

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3 Famous Olympic athletes share how they manage Crohn’s disease

Posted: September 7 2021

By Janissa Delzo, M.P.H. Managing a chronic condition such as Crohn’s disease can be more than uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life. However, you can stay active and pursue the activities you enjoy with the right treatment plan. Famous Olympic athletes with Crohn’s disease such as Kathleen Baker, Alyxandria Treasure, and Carrie Johnson are all examples of […]

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