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  • Mar 08 2012

    Planetary Progression of IBD

    Thinking about the progression of an inflammatory flare-up, the process bears some similarity to the progression of planets… from the sun to the outer reaches of the solar system.Sun: A seemingly infinite source of flares. They all start here…M...

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  • Mar 01 2012

    Apolo Ohno: A Superstar’s Message about Dreams and Determination

    Last week I had the opportunity to see Apolo Ohno speak about his 8-medal Olympic career and the path that led him from a trouble-bound youth into an international speed-skating superstar. He talked about the challenges he faced at various ...

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  • Feb 28 2012


    o·a·sis: something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast Imagine a child afflicted by a gut-wrenching disease. Terrible pain, urgent restroom use, and lots and lots of diarrhea. Bloody diarrhea. Fearsome surgeries, troublesom...

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  • Feb 21 2012

    CPR: Save a Life

    Taking a diversion today from the specific Crohn’s and colitis talk to another medical topic that applies to everyone, I want to encourage you to do something. It might prove to be the easiest way to make a tremendous impact on somone’s life… b...

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  • Feb 16 2012

    Seat Sock: Tidy Toilet Technology

    Courtesy of I was recently visiting a local casino with my sister-in-law when she discovered something I’d never heard of. After a post-bingo potty break, she came out of the restroom seeming very excited, asking if I’d exp...

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  • Feb 13 2012

    Tell Your Valentine

    So when exactly is a good time to tell your romantic partner about your illness? While Valentine’s Day may or may not be a good time to make that leap, it is certainly an opportunity to be mindful that having a chronic illness can definitely ad...

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  • Feb 07 2012


    New on video last week was the critically acclaimed film 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. It tells the story of a young man in his twenties, Adam (Gordon-Levitt), diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. As indicated by...

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  • Jan 31 2012

    Colonoscopy Sweepstakes?

    I was watching TV tonight, killing a few minutes during the commercials, and happened to catch an advertisement for something rather peculiar. Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw Ozzy Osbourne, in full regalia, promising to give away...

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  • Jan 26 2012

    I Have What?

    Your first three words. The next two, in response, are always puzzling regardless of which pair you get, “Ulcerative colitis” or “Crohn’s disease.” You talk, you wonder, you worry, you try to understand. You ask a lot of questions but the a...

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  • Jan 24 2012

    Wonder Wipes: Instant Washcloths

    Instant washcloths can be an indispensable tool for IBD patients, or anyone with digestive distress. There have many other uses as well. The basic concept is a small disposable towel, hyper-compressed into a little pill shape which pops to life...

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About the Author

Andrew Tubesing is an acclaimed advocate and humorist on the subject of inflammatory bowel disease.