Researchers may not understand every aspect of Crohn’s disease, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to effectively manage it. 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.

Crohn’s & Colitis UK

This U.K. nonprofit is committed to raising awareness about Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other kinds of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). 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.

Lights, Camera, Crohn’s

Natalie Hayden brings a transparent 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 condition should dull your sparkle.

Girl in Healing

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.

InflammatoryBowelDisease.net

Successfully managing IBD 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 personal stories from those whose lives have been touched by IBD.

So Bad Ass

Sam Cleasby received a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis in 2003. She then 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.

Own Your Crohn’s

Tina was 22 when she received her Crohn’s diagnosis. Since then, she’s been using this blog as way to advocate and normalize chronic conditions like Crohn’s. Living with Crohn’s and other autoimmune conditions hasn’t been easy for Tina, but this blog is an outlet to show others living with chronic conditions or disabilities that they can live full, happy lives. Readers of this blog will find posts that aim to empower people who are chronically ill.

Crohn’s, Fitness, Food

Growing up doing gymnastics and cheer got Stephanie Gish into fitness at a pretty early age. A self-proclaimed fitness fanatic, she began training for fitness competitions while in college — around the time her first Crohn’s symptoms started. This blog chronicles Stephanie’s experience with Crohn’s while also maintaining an active lifestyle. Readers will also hear from guests about their journeys with Crohn’s, fitness, and diet.

It Could Be Worse Blog

Keeping a positive attitude is key when living with Crohn’s. That’s the stance Mary takes on this blog. Mary received a Crohn’s diagnosis at 26 and also lives with other chronic conditions. She blogs about her experiences receiving care through the VA, her mental health, and all the related issues associated with having a chronic condition.

IBDVisble

IBDVisible is the official blog of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Here, readers will find blog posts from medical professionals relating to the latest research surrounding Crohn’s and colitis. Visitors to the site will find information relating to Crohn’s in both children and adults, tips for diet and nutrition, and guidance for navigating mental health with an IBD diagnosis.

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