Crohn's disease warrior, Navy veteran, communication and journalism graduate, cosmetologist and phlebotomist.
I am a fur mom of one dog, my child, Bilbo Baggins.
I enjoy sharing my journey with other invisible illness warriors through IBD News and also my personal blog. I live each day trying to find the positive because, for me, it could be worse. I hope you'll allow me to share my experiences and I happily accept any and all feedback, questions, and information. Thank you for reading my patient perspective!
A few weeks ago, I mentioned having a magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) in preparation for a capsule endoscopy. This was my third capsule endoscopy and I wanted to share my perspective ... Read more
In a previous column, I discussed the various imaging scans that medical professionals use to manage Crohn’s disease. I mentioned one of these, magnetic resonance enterography (MRE), an imaging test ... Read more
With Crohn’s disease and IBD, people can experience different kinds of tiredness, including one that comes with fatigue and another that results from insomnia. I am affected by many types ... Read more
Testing of stool, or feces, can be helpful when monitoring disease activity in Crohn’s disease and IBD. These tests can indicate if inflammation or internal bleeding is present and assist ... Read more
Many factors can contribute to fatigue in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn’s disease, including anemia, pain, and medications. Patients feel tired, restless, lethargic, exhausted, and lacking in energy. Fatigue ... Read more
There are many medications for Crohn’s disease and IBD. There are pills, IV infusions, self-injections, and shots and mechanisms for disease management. IV infusions are usually done in a hospital, ... Read more