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

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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

5 Unbeatable Self-Care Tips for the Chronically Ill

5 Unbeatable Self-Care Tips for the Chronically Ill

Why you need self-care In self-care, you re-prioritize rejuvenation over everything.  Unfortunately, doing that is near impossible if you have a chronic illness.  From endless doctor’s appointments to medication refills, you’re almost always on the move.  Resting is an essential part of chronic illness, as it can give you time to adjust your perspective.  It … Continue reading 5 Unbeatable Self-Care Tips for the Chronically Ill

22 Must-See Chronic Illness + Mental Health Blogs

22 Must-See Chronic Illness + Mental Health Blogs

Reading about how others experience chronic illness and mental health gives us inspiration, hope and insight. In fact, reading about others' experiences is often necessary in your journey with chronic illness because it puts your experience in conversation with theirs too, allowing you to learn new perspectives that hopefully you can apply to your life. … Continue reading 22 Must-See Chronic Illness + Mental Health Blogs

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

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

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

On Balancing Chronic Illness & Vlogging:  An Interview with Jenni Pettican

On Balancing Chronic Illness & Vlogging: An Interview with Jenni Pettican

Jenni Pettican is a 23-year-old chronic illness vlogger with Ehler Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). She is a drama student and radio presenter who shares her story of trying to face university and post-uni life with chronic illness. She also loves spreading awareness and helping her community.  Check out her channel! … Continue reading On Balancing Chronic Illness & Vlogging: An Interview with Jenni Pettican

Step Therapy:  A Hard Pill to Swallow

Step Therapy: A Hard Pill to Swallow

Step Therapy requires that patients take cheaper medications, but patients cannot change until they “fail.” Insurers claim that the fail first policy saves them money, but what about our health?  According to a 2015 American Gastroenterological Association study, over 10 Step Plans required medications with black box safety warnings (labels for drugs that have life-threatening side … Continue reading Step Therapy: A Hard Pill to Swallow

The Essential Guide to Nasogastric Tube Insertions

The Essential Guide to Nasogastric Tube Insertions

A feeding tube bypasses the oral route of nutrition.  These tubes are meant for people who cannot handle oral intake or who need supplemental nutrition.  One type is called the nasogastric (NG) tube, which is a flexible rubber or plastic tube that runs from the nose to the stomach.  Having used a tube for 9 … Continue reading The Essential Guide to Nasogastric Tube Insertions