Archive for October, 2012

Laughing your ass off

The great thing about having Crohn’s or UC is that there is no shortage of jokes you can make about poop, farting, burping, gas, and all of the other immature slang terms that can be used to reference bodily excretions and noises from the rear end.

That being said, its no surprise that one comedian has embraced that. Ben Morrison has taken his battle with Crohn’s and turned it into a comedy show aptly named Pain in the Butt.



October 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Join The Fight Against IBD: Your first year with IBD

Join The Fight Against IBD: Your first year with IBD

October 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Eating with Crohn’s & UC

Anyone with IBD knows how much having the disease sucks. It limits what you can do, where you can go (in proximity to a bathroom), and what you can eat. While you can’t control when you are going to flare or need the bathroom, you can control your diet and try to suit it to help you feel as well as you can.

Whether or not you are on a special diet, it’s always important to keep track of any foods that may trigger you. For some people, that’s spicy foods, for others dairy. Each person is different so please don’t take what I write as an end-all be-all for IBD diets. Do what works best for you. So without further ado, here are some of the more common diets and food restrictions for Crohnies.


October 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Would you?

If you could give anybody your disease so they could understand what you go through, what it really feels like emotionally and physically and if they had to endure the very worst of the disease for a month would you do it? Why or why not?

October 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

My best friend, a new Crohn’s patient

Last week, my best friend was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

My heart goes out to her- she lives in upstate New York several hours from her family. She sent me a text message to tell me the diagnosis and when I called her, she had been at the doctor alone except for a friend picking her up from the colonoscopy. She knows what Dan and I have gone through over the past six years. She’s also a nurse, which helps her have a clinical understanding of the disease. But not much can prepare you for the diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease or UC.


October 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm 1 comment

Introspective Tuesday

I’m feeling introspective today more so than usual. I was playing around on Facebook when a new blog post popped up in my news feed from a high school friend’s blog, Before and Afro. Today’s entry title – MAJOR LIFE UPDATE. Between the wording and the all caps, I was intrigued to see what she was announcing. (Note: her past blog entries have been about her adventures as a white girl rocking an Afro wig, it’s pretty awesome).

So I logged onto her blog to read the new entry to find that she quit her job to figure out what she wants to do with her life and blog full-time.

To say that I am jealous is an understatement.


October 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

ABC’s of Crohn’s Disease & UC: “C”

Sorry for the lapse in posting- we hit Jewish holiday season and then I got swamped at work. But I am back with the next in my ABC series- the letter C! I am excited to do this one because I came up with a lot of things that go with the letter and the two diseases.


October 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm 1 comment

Money Matters

Anyone with a disease knows just how expensive it is to live with a chronic illness. The medications, doctors appointments, surgeries, emergency room visits, and everything in between- it all adds up over time. In fact, I just went back through our records and since we got married in 2009, give or take a bit, we have spent over $4,000 out of pocket on Crohn’s related expenses.

I feel unbelievably lucky that Dan and I have health insurance because of the high medical costs associated with Crohn’s Disease. Every six weeks, Dan goes to his doctor’s office to get his Remicade infusion. So every six weeks, we pay a Remicade copay. We also pay for parking at his doctor’s office, wear and tear on the car (its a 60 mile round trip from our house to his doctor and back), gas, copay for check ups every four to six months, and for other small procedures periodically (bone density scans, colonoscopies, CT scans, etc.).


October 3, 2012 at 1:09 am Leave a comment

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