The Best Crohn’s Disease Blogs of 2015
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The Best Crohn's Disease Blogs of the Year

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  • Friendly Voices in Troubled Times

    Friendly Voices in Troubled Times

    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 who are facing Crohn’s disease. Learn how they integrate Crohn's disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) 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.

  • Uncover Ostomy

    Uncover Ostomy

    You may think there’s no upside to wearing your insides on the outside, but you’d be wrong. And model, philanthropist, and actress Jessica Grossman 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).

  • 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 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 7, 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 moving forward.

  • 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 10-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 people with the condition. A long list of medications and their resulting personal experience provides good insight for anyone in a similar situation.

    The blog includes posts by other writers, a list of resources, and informative interviews with other people living with Crohn's. Check out their IBDs 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 conventional medicines. On top of all the advice, their upbeat style and positive message provide inspiration for finding foods that work for your own situation.

  • 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.

  • My Not so Normal Life with Crohn’s Disease

    My Not so Normal Life with Crohn’s Disease

    Sarah Brocker writes, “I've got eight scars and am missing two feet of intestines and my life isn't normal, but whose life is normal?” A childhood diagnosis has left this young woman with plenty of unwanted and hard-won wisdom. Happily, she’s willing to share it with fellow Crohn’s people and those who care for them. She also shares blog space at Not so Normal Life with her mom, Karen, for perspective on the experiences of parenting someone (even a grown someone) with a chronic illness.

  • Ostomy Outdoors

    Ostomy Outdoors

    Skiing, anyone? How about rock climbing, hiking, and biking? And how about doing all those things with an ostomy bag?! That’s what Heidi Skiba does, and what she writes about at Ostomy Outdoors. In addition to being inspired by Skiba’s adventures, you’ll learn in great detail about caring for your stoma. This is also one of the few, if not only, health-related blogs in the entire blogosphere that will tell you a really good reason to eat marshmallows (no, we’re not kidding).

  • The Crohn’s Journey Foundation

    The Crohn’s Journey Foundation

    The Crohn’s Journey Foundation is a nonprofit group for people with IBDs. They are focused on providing retreats for people with Crohn’s and colitis. The retreats encompass cooking and diet sessions, mindfulness and exercise practices, and community support opportunities. Their extensive blog covers topics personal, physical, and scientific, including blogger views on the latest treatments.

  • You’re Not Alone

    You’re Not Alone

    Facing Crohn's disease can be a daunting experience. But there are as many as 700,000 Americans dealing with similar symptoms, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. 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.