Researchers may not understand every aspect of Crohn’s disease, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to effectively manage it. And that’s exactly what these bloggers are doing. The authors behind this year’s best Crohn’s blogs are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their visitors by sharing sound medical advice and personal stories. It’s an important reminder that you’re not alone in your journey.
Stephanie Hughes was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1999, and for as long as she can remember, her mantra was “anything but surgery.” But after a lot of thought and prayer, she changed that mindset. Now, post colon surgery, Stephanie writes about what it’s like to live her life as a mother, a wife, a triathlete, and an ostomate.
This online awareness campaign is challenging the stigma of ostomy surgery by creating positive awareness of these life-saving surgeries. Anyone feeling anxiety about ostomy surgeries will find frank viewpoints and inspiring stories shared by the site’s four regular contributors.
A self-described “Crohnie,” Vern has been sharing every twist and turn of his Crohn’s journey since 2008. His posts are relatable and direct, proving that in spite of everything, his sense of humor remains intact. In addition to blogging, Vern uses painting as a form of art therapy.
This UK nonprofit is committed to raising awareness about Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other kinds of inflammatory bowel disease. The blog is a great resource for current news relating to treatments, medications, and advocacy and fundraising efforts. Readers will also find first-person accounts from people living with Crohn’s and their loved ones.
The Canadian nonprofit exists to improve the lives of those with Crohn’s and colitis. On the blog, posts are separated into news and events, making it easy to quickly find the right content. Browse lifestyle advice, symptom management tips, current research, and advocacy opportunities.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Community understands the challenges of these conditions, and the role that the right resources and support play in making everyday life easier. Here, you’ll find support in the form of discussion boards, personal stories, ask-the-expert panels, and much more.
Natalie Hayden brings an unobstructed view to her life with Crohn’s disease, sharing her journey with others as a way of inspiring and educating anyone who needs it. From overcoming struggles to celebrating the small victories, she’s proof that no chronic illness should dull your sparkle.
Jenni Lock writes about her “intestinal nonsense” with a refreshing sense of humor. While she’s dealing with quite the medical list of conditions, her blog serves as a useful outlet and a great place for anyone who’s looking to relate, learn, and laugh.
Alexa Federico’s diagnosis with Crohn’s disease at age 12 was the inspiration for her future career as a certified nutritional therapy practitioner. Now, she teaches people how to use food in support of their health — not against it. On her blog, browse helpful posts addressing nutrition, recipes, client testimonials, and stories from Alexa’s personal experience with Crohn’s.
Taking control of inflammatory bowel disease starts with the right tools and resources, and that’s what you’ll find on this comprehensive website. The goal is empowering patients and caregivers through education and community. Browse articles written by medical professionals and first-person stories from those whose lives have been touched by inflammatory bowel disease.
Shawn uses her blog as a platform for empowering people to be not just patients, but partners in their own healthcare. It’s something she understands intimately, thanks to her own journey with ulcerative colitis. Browse her many posts relating to her personal experiences and advocacy efforts.
Greg Williams is a Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis natural health expert. His wife, Donna, has ulcerative colitis and it was for her benefit that this nutritionist devoted a lot of time and effort into developing a step-by-step approach that helps her live life on her terms — not dictated by her condition. On his blog, Greg shares diet tips, stories from his clients, details on why traditional management methods may fall short, and much more.
Sam Cleasby was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2003. Then she created a space for support and real-life stories — somewhere she could inspire self-esteem and positive body image in others. No one understands the pain and embarrassment of IBD better than Sam, and she’s committed to raising awareness and connecting with those who need it.
We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they’re actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. Nominate your favorite blog by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jessica Timmons has been a writer and editor for more than 10 years. Today, she writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady and growing clients as a work-at-home mom of four, squeezing in a side gig as a fitness co-director for a martial arts academy.