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 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 05 2012
Today, in a letter from a reader of my book, I was introduced to an interesting term I hadn’t seen before: Dis-ease. Remarkably obvious, yet obscured from my awareness until now, it’s simply the word disease broken into its syllables—which...
Dec 21 2011
Jockey Stock: A Magical Underwear Miracle
Having written about the history of Munsingwear in this column a few weeks ago, and delving into a Jockey story today, it may be apparent that I am no stranger to the importance of underwear in life with IBD. It’s so important, in fact, that it...
Dec 15 2011
Moose Meet: Introducing a New Food
Since digestive balance is paramount for IBD patients, uncertainty about how our bodies will respond to new foods is a common concern. As a result, we typically treat unfamiliar foods with a fair amount of caution. I had a unique opportunity to...
Oct 18 2011
Step It Up
Recent talk about marathons and jogging programs started a foray into exercise possibilities. While running is very accessible and requires minimal equipment, there’s something that’s even simpler... Walking. Walking can be a good way to ...
Oct 07 2011
After moving across the country, it’s a daunting process to search for a new doctor. Really it’s a team of doctors I need to find. A gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, orthopedist, and physical therapist, among others—and I also need a new ge...
Sep 29 2011
Easy Does It
Spending a night with a bellyache, gurgling intestines, and the subsequent paranoia about what it could mean is a provoking reminder. When I’m feeling relatively well, able to eat comfortably, and mostly free of the more troublesome IBD symptom...
Sep 12 2011
Lactose Lucidity: Latte Lento
Over time, we learn to adapt to the special package of hardships and limitations we encounter in the journey through chronic illness. But I’ve had a reminder lately that things can (and do) evolve in both directions. Early on in my IBD histo...