The Best Crohn's Disease Blogs of the Year

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  • Find Your Favorites

    Find Your Favorites

    Crohn's disease occurs when the immune system attacks the body's own digestive system. It causes severe abdominal pain, frequent bathroom trips, and other uncomfortable symptoms. It’s easy to feel isolated when you have Crohn’s. That's why these courageous blogs, written by authors from all walks of life, can be so helpful.

    Read about moms, dads, students, children, and professionals of all stripes. Learn how they integrate Crohn's disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) into happy and fulfilling lives. You’ll feel empowered and—believe it or not—entertained.

  • Jenni's Guts

    Jenni's Guts

    Jenni keeps things honest at Jenni's Guts. Her no-nonsense approach in the face of multiple physical and mental health conditions will have you laughing and crying. This award-winning blog provides insightful, practical advice for managing Crohn's disease, depression, and fibromyalgia.

    Jenni simultaneously manages career, family, and the rest of life's ordeals. A special section called "Don't Say This" is a humorous compilation of stupid comments from well-meaning friends.

  • Living with Chronic Illness

    Living with Chronic Illness

    Cynthia covers a wealth of experiences in her storybook blog, Living with Chronic Illness.  She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease as a teenager in the late 1970s, but the disease hasn’t kept her down. Cynthia finds healing through various activities like exercising, ugly Christmas sweater parties, and home schooling her children.

    Cynthia’s genuine faith and warm advice lead to helpful tips on kids, work, and life, as well as research information. Follow her Pinterest boards for even more insights.

  • Uncover Ostomy

    Uncover Ostomy

    You may think there’s no upside to wearing your insides on the outside, but you’d be wrong. And Jessica Grossman, a model, philanthropist, and actress is ready to show you otherwise in Uncover Ostomy. Since her surgery, Grossman wears an ostomy bag that performs the functions that her digestive system can’t. Her blog has great info on everything from medical procedures to daily living tips. She regularly provides updates on the Canadian charity Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS).

  • J-pouch Life

    J-pouch Life

    Mark and Megan Hilton manage the active blog J-pouch Life. Frustrated by the lack of patient perspectives on these types of experiences, the Hiltons started their blog in the hopes of helping people in similar situations. It has a variety of resources concerning ostomy, colitis, Crohn's, and related conditions.

    This healthy community provides a forum for stories, happenings, and feelings on everything from surgery to life without a colon. You can also read about the details of reservoir (j-pouch) surgery and the various conditions that may benefit from the procedure.

  • The Bright Side of Crohn's

    The Bright Side of Crohn's

    If you’re feeling dark or lost, you may find The Bright Side of Crohn's to be illuminating. This sparkling site was created by a woman who’s an IT professional, mom, and business owner living in Canada. She shines a spotlight on practical solutions.

    Topics include coping with pregnancy, motherhood, diet, and other life issues complicated by Crohn's disease. With a twinkle in her eye, the author has declared that she is going to kick some Crohn's disease butt. Her readership will surely be inspired to join the movement.

  • Crohn's Disease - Leaving the Seat Down

    Crohn's Disease - Leaving the Seat Down

    Vern is a self-described "Crohnie" whose blog, Leaving the Seat Down, is frequently updated and also frequently entertaining. If you’re Crohnie-curious, his "You Might Be A Crohnie" section is a must-read. Like much of the rest of the blog, it’s also very funny.

    Vern's ability to continue rocking with whatever Crohn's rolls his way is truly inspirational. He started painting in 2010 as a form of art therapy, and you can enjoy many of his paintings on the site.

  • Ali on the Run

    Ali on the Run

    Enthusiastic New Yorker Ali Feller keeps her blog, Ali on the Run, in continual motion. In fact, you may want to read the entire blog archive so you’re current on all things Ali. She includes a "must read" section outlining a few of her favorite tales.

    Diagnosed with Crohn's at age seven, Feller started running seriously only a few years ago. Last year, she completed the New York Marathon. With stories about everything from footraces to memories of dance class, you’ll see how her autoimmune disorder hasn't prevented her from running on automatic.

  • The Crohn’s Colitis Effect

    The Crohn’s Colitis Effect

    Read the Crohn’s Colitis Effect blog with a box of tissues nearby. Frank Garufi and his nine-year-old son, Domenic, write about Domenic’s inspiring battle with digestive disorders. Stories about trips to the doctor and details of procedures are helpful for patients. A long list of medications and their resulting personal experience provides good insight for anyone in a similar situation.

    The blog includes a list of resources and informative interviews with other people living with Crohn's. Check out their IBD roundtable discussion and YouTube channel for in-depth videos.

  • SCD Lifestyle

    SCD Lifestyle

    Crohn's disease and diet restrictions are highly individual. But, many patients find relief with the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). SCD was originally developed by Dr. Sidney Valentine in the 1950s. Steve Wright and Jordan Reasoner document the SCD approach on their blog, SCD Lifestyle.

    Steve and Jordan provide a wealth of detail on diet regimens that have helped them heal their digestion without a lot of interaction with conventional medicine. On top of all the advice, their upbeat style and positive message provide inspiration for finding foods that work for your own situation.

  • Blood, Poop & Tears

    Blood, Poop & Tears

    Jackie is a self-described autoimmune all-star, having both ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis (happily in remission). Her peppy blog is called Blood, Poop & Tears, and she’s also a founder of the Girls With Guts website. Jackie wants to help anyone with IBD live with sass and confidence.

    Full of IBD wisdom and energetic stories, the blog shows that a j-pouch is no excuse for avoiding hiking adventures and roller derby. All it takes is a little bit of planning—and some extra tape!

  • Inflamed and Untamed

    Inflamed and Untamed

    In addition to speaking engagements, product reviews, and support groups, Sara Ringer also produces her blog, Inflamed and Untamed. Officially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1996, Ringer is a veteran of many hospitalizations and procedures. As she says, her next hospitalization is usually just around the corner.

    But none of this holds back this health advocate. She even works as a camp counselor for children and teens living with IBD. You can also follow her on Instagram to keep up with her wildly fun adventures.

  • Intense Intestines

    Intense Intestines

    Brian Greenberg writes the blog Intense Intestines as part of his Intense Intestines Foundation (IFF) outreach program. IIF is dedicated to connecting with and helping those who have Crohn's disease and any of the 1.4 million people with IBD.

    IIF hosts mini-adventures like hiking, climbing, skiing, and kayaking. The blog is packed with photos, videos, and stories from Greenberg and many other community contributors. Besides the blog, IIF provides a great social network site for those with inflammatory bowel diseases.

  • You’re Not Alone

    You’re Not Alone

    Facing Crohn's disease can be a daunting experience, but there are millions of people dealing with similar symptoms. That means there are many resources to turn to for help and inspiration. See how these bloggers overcame their initial feelings of confusion and created resources to help others.

    In addition to details about surgery, medication, and lifestyle design, these blogs also nurture welcoming communities where friendly people are excited to answer questions. With so many stories of perseverance, you might just be inspired to share your own.

References:

Crohn’s disease. (2011, August 09). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/crohns-disease/basics/definition/con-20032061.

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