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Living with Crohn’s disease can be difficult, especially if your symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your daily life. Generally, the disease is treated with medication and dietary changes. But complications may arise that require surgery to remove damaged areas of the digestive tract.
It’s helpful to know that you’re not alone in your experiences. That’s why we’ve collected these blogs, which help foster a sense of community and spread information about what it’s like to live with Crohn’s.
Jenni juggles a lot, and she does it all with an incredible sense of humor. She proclaims herself as that one friend who always talks about poop. Not only does she have Crohn’s, but Jenni also lives with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety, and insomnia. Her blog is a combination of daily life musings, medical updates and treatment information, funny memes, and details about her family (she has an adopted daughter). If you’ve ever struggled to explain your disease, you’ll probably find this post about what not to say to people with Crohn’s pretty relatable. Visit the blog.
Uncover Ostomy’s Blog
An ostomy is a surgery commonly used for diseases of the bowel and bladder. Uncover Ostomy is an online publication dedicated to positive ostomy awareness. The blog offers advice and comfort for people getting ready to undergo ostomy surgery or those still learning to live with their ostomy. Posts include stories from real people, like its founder, Jessica Grossman, who shares what it’s like to stop hiding her ostomy. Visit the blog.
Crohn’s Disease: Leaving the Seat Down
Vern, who has been living with Crohn’s disease since 1988, calls himself a Crohnie. He’s been blogging since 2009 and talks about the ups and downs in his journey, including what has worked and what hasn’t. Vern is also an artist, using art as therapy to keep his mind off the pain and discomfort. You can find his latest paintings on the blog as well as his words. Visit the blog.
Ali on the Run
Ali Feller is proof you don’t have to give up a love of athletics if you have Crohn’s. Her blog began as a way to talk about her love of running but became a bit more personal when she started sharing her Crohn’s journey. One of her most popular posts discusses how Crohn’s affects her life. She also hosts a podcast named after the blog. Ali is a good resource if you’re a runner (or want to be) living with Crohn’s. Visit the blog.
Inflamed and Untamed
Sara’s situation is unique because she lives with a rare condition called chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO) in addition to Crohn’s disease. Despite having been through a lot — she relies on intravenous feeding to live — Sara is still full of happiness, hope, and humor. Her puns, like “young & rectumless,” are pretty on point. Visit this blog for helpful videos and Sara’s advice and experiences living with each disease. There’s even a separate section dedicated to Crohn’s. Visit the blog.
The Lady Is a Tramp
Tammy Williams retired from a successful career as a medical malpractice attorney to hit the open road. Since 2015, she’s been living in an RV with her animal sidekicks and blogging about their cross-country adventures. Tammy also writes about life with Crohn’s, calling the disease her “constant companion.” She offers a unique perspective on what it’s like to manage the chronic condition while traveling. To learn how she does it, check out her post called “Navigating Healthcare Obstacles on the Road.” Visit the blog.
The Stolen Colon
After living for years with painful Crohn’s symptoms, Stephanie Hughes made the difficult decision to have her colon removed and be given a permanent ostomy. Her blog is a great resource for moms with Crohn’s, since she’s very open about her journey and how Crohn’s has affected pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. There’s even a post about sex with an ostomy. Visit the blog.
The Crohnie Traveler knows just how helpful meaningful connections can be. Knowing someone else has gone through the same thing and come out the other side can make a big difference. This blogger started sharing her own journey after finding inspiration and comfort on other blogs and websites. An avid traveler, she offers lots of practical tips for living and traveling with Crohn’s. Her stories remind you that you can have Crohn’s and still travel the world — it just takes a little extra planning. Visit the blog.
Crohn’s Blog on Crohn’s Forum
Crohn’s Forum is an online support group where people can discuss life with inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition to the discussion forum, the website offers a variety of resources, including a blog. On the blog, you’ll find treatment information along with practical tips for living with IBD. There are also posts about the latest research, including a profile on a Crohn’s disease researcher who lives with the disease. Visit the blog.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and funding education and research for people with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other forms of IBD. The blog is a combination of news, personal stories, information for health professionals, and more. There are also personal stories from family members, like this husband’s perspective on caring for his wife with IBD. Visit the blog.
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Another nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people with Crohn’s and colitis, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada has lots of helpful information on its blog. You can find webinars, events, and local resources in your community, in addition to treatment options and lifestyle advice. There are also lots of inspiring stories from patients, researchers, and community advocates. Visit the blog.
Girl in Healing
Alexa Federico has a unique perspective. She’s a certified NTP (nutritional therapy practitioner) who also lives with Crohn’s. After being helped by a nutritional practitioner herself, Alexa decided to dedicate her career to helping others like her through diet and lifestyle changes. In addition to delicious, healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Alexa offers other advice — like what to do after your initial diagnosis. Visit the blog.
Crohn’s & Colitis Community
The Crohn’s & Colitis Community provides a forum for people to share their stories and offer support. One thing that stands out on this forum is the Expert Q&A section, where people can ask questions and have them answered by medical professionals. Read thoughtful answers from several gastroenterologists. Visit the blog.
Lights Camera Crohn’s
Natalie Hayden is a former TV news anchor who, after dealing with her own Crohn’s flare-ups, has dedicated her life to advocating for those battling inflammatory bowel disease. The blog discusses her personal journey and covers a variety of topics, including nutrition, book reviews, advocacy, and practical tips. She’s also a new mom and talks openly about the challenges that come with being a mom who also has a chronic illness. Visit the blog.
One Gutsy Lady
Andrea spent many years of her life feeling very sick. She’s been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Graves’ disease, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis. explores her journey of learning to listen to her gut using a variety of healing techniques, like biofeedback, holistic medicine, and an autoimmune paleo diet. She explains different therapy techniques, offers self-help book recommendations, and highlights why clean eating is important for gut health. Visit the blog.
Rena writes about healthy living and design. She holds a BS in English and has been working as a freelance writer for five years. She is a passionate organic gardener and, in her spare time, works with children in low-income communities in her home city of Washington D.C. Find her on Twitter.