Jan 31 2012
I was watching TV tonight, killing a few minutes during the commercials, and happened to catch an advertisement for something rather peculiar. Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw Ozzy Osbourne, in full regalia, promising to give away...
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...
Oct 13 2011
Couch Your Doubt: Get Up & Get Out Part 2
Last time we talked about Team Challenge, a half-marathon training and fund-raising program put on by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. This time we’ll look at another goal that might be a bit more manageable—either on its own, or ...
Oct 11 2011
Couch Your Doubt: Get Up & Get Out Part 1
CCFA Team Challenge, Courtesy of CCFATime and time again we hear about the benefits of exercise. General consensus: it’s good for pretty much everyone, even people with chronic illnesses. If you’ve been sick, exercise is a great way to help yo...
Oct 03 2011
An Evening of Hope
It went for $50. Yes, somebody in the audience paid $50 for a four-pack of toilet paper. That’s what happens when you bring together a group of people who are united to cure a disease. Saturday night, I had the honor of serving as emcee and...
Sep 26 2011
Uncover Ostomy, Courtesy of Uncover OstomyAs a support group leader I often get calls about the details of the group’s activities, meeting times, and locations. But occasionally people just need someone to talk to, and sometimes they’re despera...
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 01 2011
Ostomy Awareness Day
The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) marked the second annual Ostomy Awareness day on Sunday, July 31. Aimed to raise awareness and provide support, the UOAA is encouraging patients to speak out and help others understand ostomies. ...
Jul 19 2011
CCFA Partners: Research by the People, for the People
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America has recently announced a new ground-breaking research initiative and invites IBD patients to participate. The CCFA Partners project, which collects information directly from participants in an onlin...