Advice That Sticks With Us

Advice That Sticks With Us

The night before my colonoscopy a couple of weeks ago, I woke up drenched in sweat. The extra blanket I had added before I went to bed now seemed like a terrible idea. I looked at my phone. It was 12:30, which meant I had just passed the cutoff for having anything to drink before my procedure until the second round of prep in the morning. (It was close enough to midnight that it probably would have been ok, but I didn’t want to risk it.) I got up to use the bathroom and was so sweaty and shaky and lightheaded that I thought I might pass out. Even though there was nothing in my stomach, I felt nauseous and wondered if I would throw up. It was my fifth colonoscopy, but for the first time I doubted whether I could get through the prep.

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On Running, and Running My First 10k

On Running, and Running My First 10k

The idea that I should take up running first seriously came to me during the safety drill during the first and only cruise I’ve been on. I stood on the deck of the cruise ship, in the front row. A crew member with a French accent said, “If you hear the alarm bells, bring warm clothes, bottled water, and all medications and come to this spot. It doesn’t mean we’re going to evacuate, but be prepared to wait a long time while the captain decides what to do.” Even though I knew it was a routine drill, panic rose inside me. My heart started racing and I started to sweat. We hadn’t even left the shore and I felt trapped. Someone behind me made a Titanic joke. Then a thought crept into my mind. “Maybe I should take up running,” it said.

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8 Gift Ideas for Someone with Crohn’s or Colitis

8 Gift Ideas for Someone with Crohn’s or Colitis

I love holiday shopping. I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping and it’s barely December. But for those of you still looking for gift ideas for your loved one with inflammatory bowel disease (or other chronic illness), here are some ideas.

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Five Reasons Why I’m Grateful for My Ulcerative Colitis

Five Reasons Why I’m Grateful for My Ulcerative Colitis

It’s easy to complain about inflammatory bowel disease. The constant worrying about where the nearest bathroom is, what you should and shouldn’t be eating, and side effects of medications – it’s not fun. But strangely, I don’t wish for a life without it. Having ulcerative colitis has changed me, and I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t been through all of the challenges I’ve faced. So with Thanksgiving coming up, here are five reasons why I’m grateful for my ulcerative colitis.

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