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Caring for Crohn’s & UC: Year in Review

This has been a great year for Caring for Crohn’s, both on the blog and personally.

After toying with the idea for several months, I finally launched the blog in June. After a few months on Tumblr, the blog was merged onto WordPress and now here we are!

In just six months, I wrote 73 posts and the blog received over 3,600 views, and gained 19 WordPress followers, 50 Tumblr followers, 124 Facebook fans, and 175 Twitter followers. Thank you all SO much for your readership and support– this blog branched out beyond my wildest dreams and I am so appreciative of all of you who made that happen.

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Without further ado, here are some of the 2012 highlights for Caring for Crohn’s!

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December 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Huffington Post: Why I Celebrated Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week

In the excitement of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week and the #PurpleChallenge, I completely forgot to share with you my exciting news- I wrote another piece on Crohn’s for HuffingtonPost.com!

In case you missed it, in August, I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on what it’s like to be a caretaker for someone with Crohn’s Disease. After writing that and the great feedback I got from those who read it, I knew I wanted to write another piece sometime soon. After racking my brain I realized my next topic was right in front of me- why I celebrate Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week.

Here’s an excerpt of my post:

Six years ago, I had not heard of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. I lived in a world where I was blissfully unaware of inflammatory bowel diseases, where the debilitating symptoms didn’t impact my life. Then I met my now-husband Dan, and everything changed.

Dan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease just two weeks after we started dating in 2007. Now, six years later, we have been through the gamut with the disease. He’s been on three different medications, with one of them making it nearly impossible for him to function because of severe fatigue. Now, instead of taking oral medication, Dan receives an IV infusion every six weeks at the doctor’s office. He’s had three different gastroenterologists. He’s been hospitalized for a post-colonoscopy infection and an intestinal blockage. Most recently, he had part of his small intestines removed in order to treat the disease.

Check out the full post here.

December 12, 2012 at 10:27 am 3 comments

Purple Challenge Day 7 Photos!

Today is the final day of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week and the last day of the Purple Challenge.

The sheer number of people who participated in our Purple Challenge is unbelievable and shows how many folks IBD impacts internationally.

That being said, thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge by tweeting and/or Facebooking photos!

However, just because the challenge ends tonight doesn’t mean you should stop wearing purple to raise awareness about Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Here are some pictures from Day 7!

I'm rocking purple jeans for Day 7

I’m rocking purple jeans for Day 7

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December 7, 2012 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Purple Challenge Day 4 Photos!

On the East Coast today it’s a bit grey and dreary but that isn’t stopping folks from sending in their #PurpleChallenge photos! Keep them coming all week long.

I'm rocking purple in my shirt today

I’m rocking purple in my shirt today

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December 4, 2012 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

Purple Challenge Day 2 Photos!

The photos keep coming in and I cannot express how excited I am that so many people are participating in the challenge!

That being said, here are some of today’s pictures. I’ll update throughout the day as more come in.

I'm rocking a purple hat today

I’m rocking a purple hat today

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December 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Purple Challenge Day 1 Photos!

Happy Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week everyone! I am SO excited for this week and to be participating in the #PurpleChallenge.

The photos are coming in on and I wanted to share some of them with you all of the fabulous folks participating in the challenge.  I’ll be adding photos all day as they come in so check back frequently!

I'm rocking a purple turtleneck today for Day 1...

I’m rocking a purple turtleneck today for Day 1…

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December 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment


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