Andrew Tubesing is an educator and engineer; a writer and artist. Diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in 2002, he offers an insightful and humorous outlook on the Crohn's and colitis experience.
The story of his diagnosis and subsequent adventures with digestive illness are chronicled in his book, Colitiscope: Living with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Weaving humor with introspection, the book offers an enjoyable way to learn about coping with inflammatory bowel disease, while also covering the symptoms, medications, and procedures, from a uniquely entertaining viewpoint. It is a helpful resource for patients as well as their loved ones and caretakers.
Dedicated to supporting IBD research and awareness initiatives, Andrew works closely with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America as a support group leader and chapter board member. He has served as committee chair and emcee for major fundraising walks, moderated expert panels for educational symposia, and participated in summer camps for children with complex medical needs. Andrew also serves as a patient advocate to medical professionals and local, state, and federal lawmakers.
As a seasoned educator, Andrew has presented workshops and educational programs to audiences across the country and abroad, His dynamic and humorous speaking style engages and inspires groups of any age and background. Topics include coping with chronic illness, impacts on friends and family, caring for the caretakers, finding the blessings in adversity, and other subjects that help people make peace with their circumstances, whether affected by illness or not.
With degrees in both art and engineering, he teaches at the university level and enjoys math and science outreach projects with students of all ages. His mixture of analytical and creative tendencies provides a unique perspective on the world and the human experience.
Splitting time between the desert southwest and waterways of the north woods, he lives an active lifestyle despite the struggles of digestive illness. In his spare time Andrew enjoys traveling, writing, photography, and mathematically-playful sculpture. Always wishing he were on the water, he loves boats and ships like a ten year old loves fire trucks—or even more so, because fire trucks don’t usually have restrooms.
Colitiscope: Living with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (visit the book's website at www.ColitisBook.com)