Tips for Falling Asleep

Tips for Falling Asleep

I’ve struggled with falling asleep for most of my life. I’ll lie awake thinking of all of the things I have to do and worrying about whatever is going on in my life. But inflammatory bowel disease comes with its own sleep-related challenges, including waking up throughout the night to run to the bathroom and sleep problems caused by Prednisone. Here are a few tricks I’ve used throughout the years to help me fall asleep.

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Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

The end of 2018 brought some unexpected possibly colitis-related symptoms. I guess that’s how it goes with these chronic illnesses: things are going smoothly and you get lulled into a sense of stability, and then your body starts doing weird things again.

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Traveling with an Autoimmune Disease

Traveling with an Autoimmune Disease

Traveling with inflammatory bowel disease is stressful. Not only do we have to deal with digestive-related symptoms, but our immune systems are often suppressed from the medications we’re taking. The New York Times recently published a guide to traveling and eating safely with an autoimmune disease. It has advice about traveling with medications, what to eat, and apps that can help make life easier while traveling.

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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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Diet and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Clinical Trial

Diet and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Clinical Trial

One of the most frustrating things about diet and IBD is the lack of research. Fortunately, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation has been making an effort to change that. A clinical trial is currently enrolling individuals with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease to test two diets.

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Entyvio Connect, Revisited

Entyvio Connect, Revisited

One of the most popular posts on my blog is one from last year, A Guide to Using Entyvio Connect. I guess that isn’t surprising, since I wrote the post after experiencing much confusion and inconvenience trying to get Entyvio Connect to reimburse my health care provider for the cost of my Entyvio infusions. I’ve been meaning to update that post after having been through the process again this year, but I’ve been dreading it. I wish I had better news, but it was just as dizzying this year.

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How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment

How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment

The New York Times published a A Doctor's Guide to a Good Appointment, which has some great advice for how to find a doctor and what to do before, during, and after an appointment. When you have a chronic illness, you quickly get used to having a lot of doctor's appointments, and I agree with a lot of the tips in this article.

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