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  • Aug 29 2011

    Adventure (un)Bound?

    After spending a week traveling around Alaska, I am amazed by its size and beauty. Spectacular sights lie around every corner, no matter where you go. But I am even more impressed by Alaska’s people and its culture of independence. While there ...

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  • Aug 15 2011

    Porta-Potty Polonaise

    Summer is the time of festivals. Since moving to a larger city, there’s so much to do that I have had to learn to say no, a lot. But my recreation calendar is still ridiculously busy. In fact, I think I’ve been to more festivals this summer tha...

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  • Jul 25 2011

    You Too…

    U2 in Concert, Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson (CC BY-SA 2.0).This weekend a rather interesting event resulted in the convergence of many pieces of my past. In the city where I just moved to, not far from where I grew up and went to college, ...

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  • Jul 05 2011

    Independence Day-at-a-Time

    Reflecting on this weekend’s holiday, I can’t help but pay tribute to the concepts of freedom and independence. While these mean a great variety of things to a great many people, for those living with chronic illness, these concepts can take on...

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  • Jun 16 2011

    Friendly Neighborhood Phlebotomist

    I find it one of the more amusingly obscure words in our language, phlebotomist. One of those esoteric terms that refers to a highly specialized occupation—a word that’s really only familiar to the person it applies to and hardly anyone else. In...

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  • Jun 06 2011

    Doing a Job on Me: Job Search on IBD

    I’ve interviewed for a couple of jobs in the last few months. It’s a stressful process—for all the normal reasons of course, but there are certainly some extra considerations for people who live with a chronic illness… so many questions and con...

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  • Jun 02 2011

    Colitis and Cigarettes: Part 3

    This is Part 3 of a three-part story of colitis and cigarettes.ReadPart 1and Part 2.Now that I have colitis, I’ve discovered another interesting twist to the whole smoking thing… statistics have linked quitting smoking to onset of ulcerative co...

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  • May 31 2011

    Colitis and Cigarettes: Part 2

    Charms blow pops, photo courtesy of Toshimasa Ishibashi, CC BY 2.0This is Part 2 of a three-part story of colitis and cigarettes. Read Part 1.The previous time I’d tried to quit smoking, I woke up the next morning freaking out and panicking at t...

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  • May 26 2011

    Colitis and Cigarettes: Part 1

    This is Part 1 of a three-part story of colitis and cigarettes.Last month marked my anniversary of quitting smoking. The date came and went without my noticing until a few days after. I must admit I feel very fortunate to get to this point, when...

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  • May 19 2011

    A Lavatory Discovery Story

    Patients of digestive illnesses have much in common, and they differ widely as well, but there’s one unavoidable truth that applies to us all:toilets are paramount. We don’t really feel like we know whereweare unless we know wheretheyare. And how ...

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About the Author

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