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Wildfire smoke and homes.

U.S. Deaths From Wildfire Smoke Could Double

In a study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on health, researchers found deaths from smoke could rise from 15,000 per year to more than 40,000.

Mandy Morgan Girls With Guts.

A Letter to My Younger Self, Before IBD Diagnosis

Mandy writes to her prediagnosis self about living with ulcerative colitis (UC) and what she wishes she had known.

Jackie with her husband

Married to Someone With IBD? This Letter's for You

Being the spouse to someone with UC can be challenging, but this woman with UC has a message for you: You’re the real MVP.

Woman holding up heart-shaped hands in the desert.

At Burning Man She Could Be Herself Again

Do you have that place you can go that makes you feel like you? The place where your chronic illness doesn't matter. For Charis, that place is Burning Man.

Working out

Managing IBD is Like Olympics Training

Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis can break down your body. Here’s how one man used fitness to accomplish his goals and get his health back.

Young woman at her desk frowning at her laptop.

Are You Still Working With Chronic Illness?

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.

Younger woman walking with arm around elderly woman's shoulders.

Women Are More Likely to Have Chronic Disease

Find out what chronic disease is costing American women — in finances and life — and what we can do to prevent it.

Legs on the toilet

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.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

7 Tips for Patient Advocacy on Capitol Hill

If you're a patient advocate planning to bring your message of awareness to Capitol Hill, these 7 tips can help you prepare for your trip to Washington D.C.

Annie, her husband Sven, and their kids Calvin, Evelyn, and Sylvia. Annie began seeing signs of colorectal cancer, like blood in her stool, about a month after this family vacation to Disney World.

Mother With Rectal Cancer Finds Community

Annie Schreiber was amazed by the support she and her family recieved while she was undergoing treatment for stage 3 rectal cancer.