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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’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. 

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.

Women's March on Washington: Why I Marched
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Women's March on Washington: Why I Marched

One woman shares her story about her experience during the Women’s March on Washington.

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. 

Letter to a NICU Mom
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Letter to a NICU Mom

One mom of a NICU baby shares her encouragement with other new NICU moms.

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.

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.

How I Started Prioritizing Self-Care in Motherhood
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How I Started Prioritizing Self-Care in Motherhood

As women we often place ourselves last on the totem pole, and we shouldn't. Because a happy momma is a good momma.

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."

Professional Patient: Skills Learned from Living with a Chronic Disease
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Professional Patient: Skills Learned from Living with a Chronic Disease

I have acquired skills and knowledge that “healthy people” don’t have. Having chronic migraine and pain has exposed me to situations that many others never have to face.

5 Best Exercises During Pregnancy
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5 Best Exercises During Pregnancy

It may be tempting to spend most of your downtime relaxing on the couch and avoiding physically activity, but staying active offers so many benefits for mom and baby. Try these exercises if you've been cleared by your doctor!

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.