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...
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...
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...
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...
May 23 2011
IBD Treatments: A Love/Hate Story of Risk/Benefit Analysis
It appears that there are only two possible responses to the fine print that comes with our prescriptions and IBD treatments. Either we’re put to sleep with the boring tedium of it all, or, if we’re paying attention, we could easily come to she...
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 ...
May 16 2011
Spring has definitely arrived. I am in the mood that comes along with the smell of lilacs and rain. I grill out even though it’s still getting dark a bit early, I wear flip-flops even though it’s still too chilly, and I want to be outside, all ...
May 09 2011
The King Has Spoken
film still from "The King's Speech"This weekend I finally made time to watch The King’s Speech. While the life of royalty may be far from what I could normally identify with, this film effectively drew me in—not as a spectator (as is ...
May 05 2011
Toilet in Your Pocket
It’s not what it seems. Sure, the title conjures up images more akin to toilet in your pants, but this is different. In fact it’s actually a preventative for that unseemly concept. I spent a holiday weekend this year exploring Carlsbad Cave...
Apr 21 2011
Toilet-paper Tubes: From Trash to Treasure
"Grand Nord. Renne" by Anastassia EliasHaving spent a part of my life as an artist, and an even larger portion on the toilet, I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful off-beat discovery: Toilet tube art by Anastassia Elias. Most...