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Are You Still Working With Chronic Illness? Should You Be?

Living with a chronic illness is challenging. Living with a chronic illness while working a full-time job? Sometimes unbearable. It might be time to scale back.

By Jackie Zimmerman

A Letter to My Colorectal Surgeon

Jackie, who has ulcerative colitis, pens an open letter to the surgeons that saved her life — with a few suggestions for improving communication.

By Jackie Zimmerman

How to Talk to Friends About UC

These tips can help you educate your friends about what it’s like to live with IBD and, in turn, get the support you need.

By Jackie Zimmerman

5 GERD-Friendly Summer Recipes

These tasty recipes, from appetizer to dessert, will make your mouth water — without that reflux burn.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

IBD vs. IBS: What's the Difference?

While they may be only one letter apart, IBD and IBS are separate conditions. Learn the similarities and differences here.

By Mandy Morgan

Dear Society: A Letter From a UC Patient

What with all the stigma surrounding ulcerative colitis and other digestive health conditions, this woman has one simple plea for modern society.

By Jackie Zimmerman

‘Invisible’ Blood in the Stool Raises Risk of Death

Researchers found that a positive fecal occult blood test result is associated with a 58 percent higher risk of death from all causes. Invisible blood in the stool is believed to be a marker for inflammation in the body, which can indicate a serious medical problem.

By Diane Domina

IBD: 3 Women Share Stories About Applying for Disability

HealthCentral spoke with three women who successfully applied for Social Security insurance benefits about their experiences and advice for others.

By Mandy Morgan

How I Overcame 5 Ulcerative Colitis Insecurities

Living with a chronic condition like IBD can leave you with deep insecurities. Here’s how Mandy dealt with hers.

By Mandy Morgan

How to Apply for Disability When You Have IBD

If you can't work because of Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, applying for Social Security disability benefits could help improve your life. Here are the steps you need to take.

By Mandy Morgan