Mar 08 2012
Planetary Progression of IBD
Thinking about the progression of an inflammatory flare-up, the process bears some similarity to the progression of planets… from the sun to the outer reaches of the solar system.Sun: A seemingly infinite source of flares. They all start here…M...
Mar 01 2012
Apolo Ohno: A Superstar’s Message about Dreams and Determination
Last week I had the opportunity to see Apolo Ohno speak about his 8-medal Olympic career and the path that led him from a trouble-bound youth into an international speed-skating superstar. He talked about the challenges he faced at various ...
Feb 07 2012
New on video last week was the critically acclaimed film 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. It tells the story of a young man in his twenties, Adam (Gordon-Levitt), diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. As indicated by...
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...
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...
Oct 25 2011
Tonight I sit in a coffee shop across the street from a neighborhood movie theater. It seems to belong to a nostalgic bit of yesteryear, when people lived near where they shopped. It’s the kind of theater with only one screen. The sort that peo...
Oct 18 2011
Step It Up
Recent talk about marathons and jogging programs started a foray into exercise possibilities. While running is very accessible and requires minimal equipment, there’s something that’s even simpler... Walking. Walking can be a good way to ...
Oct 07 2011
After moving across the country, it’s a daunting process to search for a new doctor. Really it’s a team of doctors I need to find. A gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, orthopedist, and physical therapist, among others—and I also need a new ge...
Sep 29 2011
Easy Does It
Spending a night with a bellyache, gurgling intestines, and the subsequent paranoia about what it could mean is a provoking reminder. When I’m feeling relatively well, able to eat comfortably, and mostly free of the more troublesome IBD symptom...