Sep 19 2011
Dear Restroom Designer/Installer/Manager: I’ve said it before, but apparently I have to say it again… If there are shreds of toilet paper all over the floor in the toilet stalls, it means your dispensers suck, or the paper is to...
Sep 15 2011
Underwear: A Brief History
Having patented a wide variety of fabrics, sewing machines and other equipment, George D. Munsing was an accomplished turn-of-the-century inventor and businessman. But perhaps his best-known contribution to the industrial revolution was his pio...
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...
Aug 29 2011
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 ...
Aug 25 2011
Visiting Alaska is as much a conundrum as an adventure. People here live amongst an odd mix of pioneer originality and mainland modernity. Age-old traditions of seafaring and the rugged outdoors, of hand-hewn lumber and hand-tied fish nets, sta...
Aug 22 2011
A Doctor’s Note
As a patient of a chronic illness, it’s likely that you’ve faced some difficult burdens. Sure, the regular challenges of the disease are there, but sometimes the subsequent logistical hassles can also be quite cumbersome and intimidating. Ev...
Aug 15 2011
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...
Aug 11 2011
Camp Oasis Revisited
Last week I had another opportunity to visit Camp Oasis. Organized by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), these camps offer a unique experience for kids who otherwise might not be able to attend a traditional camp. Equipped ...
Aug 08 2011
IBD Week Senate Resolution
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) recently introduced a resolution to support the establishment of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week from December 1st to 7th, 2011. Senate Resolution 199 states the following goals: To invite and ...
Aug 04 2011
Top 10 Reasons to Attend an IBD Support Group Meeting
There is much benefit to interacting with others in your coping and healing process… 10. Meet other people with digestive illness. 9. Hear about how others cope with your same challenges. 8. Learn food diary techniques. 7. Share ...