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What Should You Eat Before and After IBD Surgery?

So you’re facing bowel surgery? Have no fear, your guide to pre-op eating and post-op chowing down is hereBefore bowel surgery Before bowel surgery you’re probably going to be feeling pretty crummy. If so, just keep eating what has been safe for you. ...

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MS and Vitamin D Deficiency

More than a billion people in the world are vitamin D deficient. That can lead to serious health effects, so let’s take some time to learn about vitamin D and what to do if you’re deficient.

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The Evolution of My MS

In September 2006, I was in my final semester of college, ready to graduate and take on the world. I had plans to be a graphic designer – someone who would make art that made people feel something. The world was my oyster, and I planned to take it al...

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Staying on Top of Staying Hydrated

Since dehydration is such a common topic among IBD patients and ostomates, let’s learn about proper hydration.

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Surviving A Musical Festival With IBD

Last week I had the immense joy of attending Firefly Music Festival with one of my other IBD friends. I have wanted to attend a large music festival for a quite some time, but between my IBD and MS, I thought that enjoying loud music in sweltering he...

The Power of IBD Friendships

The Power of IBD Friendships

Creating friendships with a common denominator as strong as a chronic illness is like building a solid foundation for a house. The materials are already strong, but putting them together makes them indestructible.

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Can Diet Stop the Progression of MS?

For every new medication that comes out to treat a chronic illness, a new diet is touted to cure that same illness. I’m sure we’ve all seen websites and comments on social media about “miracle diets” that can cure multiple sclerosis. Personally, I ha...

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Ostomates Are Happier Than the Media Thinks

See how the Ostomy community is fighting back against negative stereotypes.

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Keeping Your Cool as an Athlete with MS

It’s nearly summer, and here in Michigan we’ve seen 70-degree weather on a Monday and snow the following Friday. It seems like the weather has been trying to flip but it just can’t seem to get to summer. I have to admit, I’m not sad about it. Every y...

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IBD: What It Means to Be a 'Good Patient'

In April 2016 I was invited to be a keynote speaker at an IBD conference for patients. My first instinct, as usual, was to tell my own story. But the more that I thought about that, the less I liked the idea. My story is no more tragic or empowering ...