Jan 18 2012
Why We Walk
One in two hundred Americans has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (together known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD). That’s half a percent. In other words, when you ride on a subway, odds are there’s at least a couple other people on ...
Jan 12 2012
Sarah GowerIn the northern reaches of the USA and Canada, and perhaps a few other places nutty enough to join in, people partake in an activity many of us could never understand. In a climate where November easily freezes every lake, and March...
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...
Jan 03 2012
New Years Resolutions
Each January many of us take the opportunity to reflect on the year past and look forward to the year ahead. We consider where we’ve been, where we’ve come, and where we’re going. It’s a time to analyze and visualize. For some it’s a call to se...
Dec 30 2011
As we prepare for the next round of holiday festivities, I am reminded of the variety of challenges we face with digestive illness. Sticking to dietary protocol over the holidays is often difficult to manage. We tend to eat out more and have mo...
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...
Dec 12 2011
In the Predni-zone
Tingly cheeks. That’s what comes first for me. Then a sweaty forehead. I start to feel agitated. I get the jitters. I’m not quite hyper but certainly abuzz. I do things with hasty focus and jump from task to task in a flurry of activity. Ta...
Nov 24 2011
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I am humbled by so many reasons to feel fortunate. Living with a chronic disease is not typically the sort of thing a person gives thanks for, but I still celebrate the blessings it has brought me. Certai...
Nov 21 2011
How to Fly on the Sly, Part 2: Tricky Situations
Continuing from our last discussion on how to politely excuse oneself from company in the event a restroom emergency… While group conversations adapt relatively easily around the departure of a member, it’s not always a conversation that we’...