Living With Crohn's Disease

  • Posted on: 28 June 2011
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"When my Crohn's is under control, it's the best time of my life," says Nancy Kennedy, a 47-year-old nurse and mother of three, who has been treated for Crohn's disease for nearly 30 years. Kennedy is one of an estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Receiving a diagnosis just six months after the birth of her first child, Nicole, Kennedy never dreamed that the baby she held in her arms would one day face the very same challenges.

But this mother-daughter duo isn't letting their diagnoses hold them back.

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Informed & Empowered by Donnalyn Giegerich's Story

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010
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Elyse Jankowski, HealthyWomen program assistant

"Less Fear, More Fun" were just a few of the words of wisdom shared yesterday by Donnalyn Giegerich, a dynamic speaker and sarcoma survivor, as she presented on the topic "Passion Is Always in Fashion."

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3 Questions to Test Your Healthy Nutrition Smarts

  • Posted on: 22 December 2009
  • By: jleff
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I do my best to eat healthy foods, especially as I get older and find out how important it is for my body to run at its peak performance. And I do okay – most of the time. As I've said in the past, it's amazing how most of the time I find my body gravitating toward fresh fruits and veggies and lots of grains, anyway. Give me a salad with lots of colors thrown in, and I'm happy. Give me a steak and mashed potatoes and you'll get the entire plate back, untouched.

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A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship

  • Posted on: 23 November 2009
  • By: jleff
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I must admit that by the end of October I felt inundated by pink. I'll also admit that all the pink might have made me a bit grouchy. In last week's post I wrote about not being so special just because I survived cancer; that really, we all all survivors of some sort. After all, who hasn't faced difficult situations in their lives?

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Mammography Mayhem

  • Posted on: 19 November 2009
  • By: Sheryl Kraft
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I'm sure by now you've heard about the U.S. Task Force's new standards for breast cancer screening. What I'm not so sure about is if any of us have been able to keep track of what's happening day to day, though. No sooner were these new recommendations made public that women and other groups, like the American Cancer Society, began to push back and question the motives and sanity behind them.

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Chronic Illness and Motherhood: Why I Didn't Let Crohn's Disease Rob Me of My Future

  • Posted on: 16 November 2017
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When I was 21, my world turned upside down and I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness.
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When I was 21, my world turned upside down and I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness. I was told I had Crohn's disease—an autoimmune disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, leading to severe pain and fatigue (just to name a few of the downsides).

Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Don't Let Thanksgiving Food Make You Sick

  • Posted on: 13 November 2017
  • By: jleff
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Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow usually involve a lot of cooking and eating. It's important to remember these tips for food safety.
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Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow usually involve a lot of cooking and eating. It's important to remember these tips for food safety.

With the approach of Thanksgiving, you're likely spending more time in the grocery store and the kitchen, busy preparing lots of food. There are certain foods you're more likely to use during this time of year, and it's important to be aware of the safety hazards associated with improper handling and storing of these, as well as proper cooking methods.

I'm not having a big crowd this year, but these tips can be applied to just about any situation, big or small. Wishing you all a happy, healthy, joyous Thanksgiving celebration!

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Pain Relief for Achy Joints

  • Posted on: 7 November 2017
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Joint pain often comes with age, either from injury, overuse, disease or normal wear and tear. It may be inevitable, but there are ways to ease the pain.
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Joint pain often comes with age, either from injury, overuse, disease or normal wear and tear. It may be inevitable, but there are ways to ease the pain.

Getting older certainly has its perks, but the reality is that aging can take its toll on many of us, despite our efforts to get out there and stay active—especially as the cold weather sets in.

No, it wasn't an exaggeration when your mother/father/grandmother or someone else rubbed their knee/elbow/back, winced and muttered, "I can feel a storm coming on."

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Constipation: An Exclusive Q&A

  • Posted on: 31 October 2017
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If you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, then you may have chronic constipation.
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If you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, then you may have chronic constipation.

There's nothing uncommon about constipation. It's prevalent—and it's mighty annoying.

Occasional constipation happens to all of us. For some, constipation means hard stools or incomplete emptying. That's annoying but usually resolves itself after a day or two.

It's when constipation becomes chronic that it becomes a bigger problem.

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