• Health Advocacy,  IBD,  Nursing

    Diagnosing IBD

    When the words “Inflammatory Bowel Disease”, “Crohn’s”, or “Ulcerative Colitis” are mentioned for the first time in a doctor’s office, confusion can take over. What does this mean for you and your body? What tests are going to be done to make sure your diagnosis is accurate? In this post, I am going to talk about many (definitely not all) of the tests that can be done when IBD is suspected. This list may seem overwhelming, so please take your journey one day at a time! X-Ray   One of the first and most simple tests that can be done is an x-ray. It can give enough information to your…

  • Ostomy Care,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Ostomy Aid Review

    Do you remember the first time you emptied your ostomy? Are you just now facing emptying it for the first time? Does it worry you? I am writing this post to share with you a device that can assist you in emptying your pouch – and save you the worry! Ostomy Aid was created with patient dignity in mind. To be perfectly honest, even after years of practice emptying, I still had the occasion to pop the clip off a little too early… which always resulted in a big cleanup. Ostomy Aid is a way to empty the pouch while comfortably sitting down on the toilet – like you would…

  • Uncategorized

    My Story with Crohn’s Disease

    My story with Crohn’s Disease may be a familiar one to you – whether you’ve suffered hours alone in the bathroom or spent many a night in a hospital room. I share my story to give hope to those currently struggling, unable to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was about eight years old when the symptoms started sneaking in. A little bit longer in the bathroom, loss of appetite, and a dip on the growth curve. Pediatrician visits left us with recommendations of drinking more milk. A little bit longer in the bathroom turned into hours spent there. Drinking more milk left us with more…