From Infusions to Pills: An Update

From Infusions to Pills: An Update

At the beginning of the year, I wrote about some strange, possibly colitis-related things that happened to me in December. I had an infected abscess that could turn into a Crohn’s-related fistula, some digestive symptoms, and a swollen ankle. I also saw a new gastroenterologist, who ordered tests of my Entyvio levels and antibody levels and a flexible sigmoidoscopy for January.

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How I Decided to Start a Biologic

How I Decided to Start a Biologic

I’ve always been scared to take medication. I’m the kind of person who reads all of the side effects and then imagines I have all of them. When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, my gastroenterologist prescribed Rowasa enemas and then Colazal. I was scared to take those, even though I’ve since learned that they are among the mildest medications used to treat IBD.

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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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More on Traveling with IBD

More on Traveling with IBD

I was recently asked to contribute to a post on traveling with IBD on the My Therapy blog, and I am excited to share it with you! The post contains a helpful, downloadable checklist for traveling with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and stories from me and others about our experience traveling with IBD.

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Surviving a Cruise on Immunosuppressants

Surviving a Cruise on Immunosuppressants

A few months ago I said I would post soon about the cruise I was going on and Entyvio Connect. Well, I still haven’t completely figured out Entyvio Connect, but I did survive the cruise! It didn’t go perfectly smoothly, but I did get through it without any major incidents

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