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I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened Feature
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I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened

I've learned now that not all health issues present themselves—some are silently lurking inside you and, without regular screening, we may miss them.

I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened
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I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened

I've learned now that not all health issues present themselves—some are silently lurking inside you and, without regular screening, we may miss them.

What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus
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What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus

What is it like to live with lupus? In this post, I’m going to share what it was like to be in the depths of my sickness with lupus. I’ll paint a picture of what it was like to be incredibly, chronically ill.

Even a Hysterectomy May Not Protect Against Ovarian Cancer
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Even a Hysterectomy May Not Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer can occur, often without symptoms or warning, even after a total hysterectomy with ovaries removed.

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
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How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

When I was 21 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).

I am a Hairy Woman Due to PCOS—And I am Happy and Proud of It
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I am a Hairy Woman Due to PCOS—And I am Happy and Proud of It

Exactly one year ago today, my gastroenterologist pulled the curtain back to find me still in post-colonoscopy position, groggy, yet mostly awake and said the words I have been waiting to hear since 2009: "There are no ulcers. You are in remission."

Drowning in New Motherhood: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
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Drowning in New Motherhood: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

You know that nightmare about giving a speech in your underwear? That’s basically what sharing this story about my journey with postpartum depression and anxiety is like for me.

What’s a Typical Day Like When You Have a Disability?
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What’s a Typical Day Like When You Have a Disability?

Out of everything that was asked of me, I found answering this question to be the most important. “Describe what you do in a typical day.” But our days aren’t typical, are they? Here was my reply. 

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

When I was 21, my world turned upside down and I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness.

Living With Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Isn’t the End
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Living With Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Isn’t the End

I watched other new moms bonding with their infants saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. To me it felt like the worst. But that’s not how my story ends.

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
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How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

When I was 21 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).

10 Tips for Friends and Family Supporting Someone With IBD
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10 Tips for Friends and Family Supporting Someone With IBD

It's my hope that after reading this article, you'll feel more comfortable approaching family members and friends with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and be able to have compassionate and thoughtful conversations.

On Reaching Remission of Crohn's Disease: Tragedy and Triumph
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On Reaching Remission of Crohn's Disease: Tragedy and Triumph

Exactly one year ago today, my gastroenterologist pulled the curtain back to find me still in post-colonoscopy position, groggy, yet mostly awake and said the words I have been waiting to hear since 2009: "There are no ulcers. You are in remission."

Reflecting on Motherhood & Crohn's: Year One
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Reflecting on Motherhood & Crohn's: Year One

Parenthood is daunting, no matter what, especially your first time around. Throw in an unpredictable, often debilitating condition and tackling the role is even more challenging.

What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus
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What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus

What is it like to live with lupus? In this post, I’m going to share what it was like to be in the depths of my sickness with lupus. I’ll paint a picture of what it was like to be incredibly, chronically ill.

Tips for Preparing for the Holidays When You're Chronically Ill
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Tips for Preparing for the Holidays When You're Chronically Ill

After living with my chronic illnesses for 6 years, I figured out a low-fail plan that makes executing all those seasonal tasks less stressful on me and my body.

Chronic Illness Took Me Out of the Workforce and I'm Fighting to #KeepTheCare
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Chronic Illness Took Me Out of the Workforce and I'm Fighting to #KeepTheCare

When you're healthy, you don't spend much time thinking about what you would do if hit by a chronic illness. At least I didn't. 

How Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job
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How Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job

Being disabled is a full-time job. The amount of time it takes to stay on top of your health and keeping up with paperwork while feeling the worst you ever have in your life is all-consuming.