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Natalie Hayden

It Feels Surreal When Covid Hits — but It’s Very Real

What it was like to have Covid-19 with Crohn’s and three young children

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After Years of Suffering and Shame, I’m Now a Proud Crohn’s Warrior

I took back my life and my confidence by building community, love and support for others with Crohn's disease

How I Learned to Thrive With Crohn's Disease

How I Learned to Thrive With Crohn's Disease

Reducing stress and following a holistic lifestyle routine help me live well with this debilitating condition.

Coronavirus and IBD: How I’m Navigating This Difficult Time

Coronavirus and IBD: How I'm Navigating This Difficult Time

Coronavirus is challenging for everyone right now, but there is an extra level of challenge for those who are immunocompromised like Natalie. Read her story.

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How to Prevent Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptoms from Controlling Your Life

Learn how to manage IBD symptoms so you can spend more time enjoying the things that matter most to you.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Your Sex Life

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Your Sex Life

When trying to plan for sex, spending time in the bathroom may lead to less time spent in the bedroom. Stomach pain and the risk of untimely gas can be a mood killer.

5 Helpful Day-to-Day Tips for IBD Moms

5 Helpful Day-to-Day Tips for IBD Moms

Hey IBD mamas and moms-to-be—this article is for you! I wanted to share 5 of my "life hacks" for taking on motherhood while living with IBD.

Self-Love: Learning to Love Your Body Despite Your Disease

Self-Love: Learning to Love Your Body Despite Your Disease

When you live with a chronic illness like Crohn’s disease, taking time to honor all that you do to merely function and keep up with the general population is worth recognizing.

A Letter to My 21-year-old, Newly Diagnosed With Crohn's Self–From 13 Years in the Future

A Letter to My 21-year-old, Newly Diagnosed With Crohn's Self–From 13 Years in the Future

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.

Reflecting on Motherhood & Crohn’s: Year One

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.

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

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

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.

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

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.

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

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."