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Embarrassment over illness led to blood transfusions and urgent surgery

Posted: June 3 2021

By James Gould John Davidson’s symptoms became so bad that he was bleeding in the bathroom 20 or so times a day – and now the 24-year-old man has asked people in a similar situation to head for medical advice as soon as they can. John was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when he was just […]

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I Became a model after having my colon removed

Posted: May 13 2021

By Gaylyn Henderson, as told to Sarah Z. Wexler My road to a Crohn’s diagnosis started when I was 13. I had always wanted to model, but I was sick so often—experiencing chronic loose stool and using the bathroom often—that I didn’t think it was a possibility for me. My pediatrician immediately referred me to […]

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9 Things to know before j-pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis

Posted: April 19 2021

By Natasha Lavender. Living with ulcerative colitis can make your life unpredictable, since you never know when or if diarrhea, fatigue, or abdominal pain will take over your day. You may even be considering having J-pouch surgery, an operation that allows you to eliminate stool after having your colon and large intestine removed. People with ulcerative colitis may […]

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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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‘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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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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Having a chronic illness helped me prepare for the uncertainty of the pandemic

Posted: November 23 2020

By Bridget Shirvell.  Chortling filled the air as my 1-year-old ran towards the water, only to be scooped up by her uncle on the nearly empty beach in Pacifica, California. It was the day after Christmas, and she’d been running around the beach for at least half an hour with my brother and sister. The […]

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