5 things that shadowing a gastroenterologist can teach everyone

5 things that shadowing a gastroenterologist can teach everyone

I was wallowing in the boredom of Dr. Stefano Guandalini’s “Textbook of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition” when I saw a woman with a stethoscope walking anxiously towards my desk.  My hands reached for my notebook, hoping that she would rescue me from the dullness of the book. She motioned me to come, and I realized … Continue reading 5 things that shadowing a gastroenterologist can teach everyone

How to Better Navigate Your Chronic Illness

How to Better Navigate Your Chronic Illness

After your diagnosis, life becomes so much more confusing.  You might wonder why any of this even happened or how you are going to live life after this.  These questions are perfectly normal and won’t go away any time soon. They can't stop you from living a productive life, so here are some tips to … Continue reading How to Better Navigate Your Chronic Illness

How to be a Fantastic Chronic Illness Blogger

How to be a Fantastic Chronic Illness Blogger

Blogging about your disease lets you and others around you understand the struggles you face better. It can be a chaotic yet cathartic experience. From endless blog post queues and emails, blogging can really be a lot--especially if you're also dealing with a chronic illness. The first few months will come with many roadblocks. For … Continue reading How to be a Fantastic Chronic Illness Blogger

4 Simple Ways to Conquer your Summer With IBD

4 Simple Ways to Conquer your Summer With IBD

IBD sucked the fun out of my summer since it was a tug-of-war between summer fun and disease management. Here are some ways you can still make the most out of your summer with IBD! Go for a fundraiser walk. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation has numerous fundraising events that you can take part in … Continue reading 4 Simple Ways to Conquer your Summer With IBD

The Misconceptions We Face

Labels are hurtful especially if you are chronically ill, and it is important to be aware of the way you see us. You're a slow walker. I can guarantee you we are doing our best to not hold up the crowd behind us.  It hurts to walk sometimes, especially with certain conditions like multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia.  So … Continue reading The Misconceptions We Face

Fibromyalgia and Gaming:  An Interview with Martin from FibroJedi

Fibromyalgia and Gaming: An Interview with Martin from FibroJedi

Martin is a father and husband suffering from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, and Depression.  He blogs about illness and gaming. Gaming and blogging are his key pain-distraction techniques.  He has found and given support to others in their illness, as he believes that “no one should have to suffer alone.” Why did you create this blog? … Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Gaming: An Interview with Martin from FibroJedi

Breaking Stigma:  An Interview with Sheryl Chan

Breaking Stigma: An Interview with Sheryl Chan

Sheryl had a mini stroke at 14 and was diagnosed with Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), a blood clotting disorder. This led to multiple life threatening blood clots, which further led to the development of other chronic illnesses. She blogs and shares the stories of others in hope that others will also raise awareness on these rare … Continue reading Breaking Stigma: An Interview with Sheryl Chan

Face to Face with Becca Pava:  Empowerment through blogging

Face to Face with Becca Pava: Empowerment through blogging

I had the privilege of interviewing Becca Pava. She is a young adult with an online bachelor's degree in writing and works as a freelance author. Suffering from a host of severe illnesses since the age of 10, she hasn't been able to physically attend school since the age of 12. Becca basically grew up … Continue reading Face to Face with Becca Pava: Empowerment through blogging

This app lets you track your chronic pain and learn about it

This app lets you track your chronic pain and learn about it

This past year, I tried out a new app called Pathways, designed for chronic pain patients to help manage and learn about pain. According to Sandip Sekhon, the developer, “Our mission is to reduce pain and suffering in the world. Here's more on that: https://www.pathways.health/our-mission. We've now helped over 300 people reduce or get rid … Continue reading This app lets you track your chronic pain and learn about it

Encouragement through Blogging: An Interview with Carole Griffitts

Encouragement through Blogging: An Interview with Carole Griffitts

This month, I interviewed Carole Griffitts.  She has lived with invisible disabilities for over forty years and has a husband named Joe.  They have been married fifty-two years, and he is her biggest supporter and provider of care for her.  They have two sons who are professionals, happily married and have seven kids between them. … Continue reading Encouragement through Blogging: An Interview with Carole Griffitts

5 Foolproof Ways to Deal with Dietary Restrictions

5 Foolproof Ways to Deal with Dietary Restrictions

I decided to write a post about Inflammatory Bowel Disease, since it's IBD month right now! Dietary restrictions are a normal part of life with IBD.  What frustrated me was the few choices I had. I felt trapped: my friends were able to eat whatever they wanted to.  They could grab something off the shelf … Continue reading 5 Foolproof Ways to Deal with Dietary Restrictions