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...
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 ...
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...
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...
Feb 16 2012
Seat Sock: Tidy Toilet Technology
Courtesy of CleanSeats.com 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...
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...
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...
Jan 31 2012
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...
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...
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...