We’ve all said it before: “I won’t let IBD define me.” Despite the sincerity of this statement, it is truly difficult to carry out. There are times when we can’t avoid it and have to let others take care of us. It mirrors what Stuart Scott said about his battle with cancer: “And when you […]Read more "It’s Not Easy But I Won’t Let My IBD Define Me"
We all know about the intangible happy place. While it’s generally thought of as a mental state or a figurative place to go to zone out, change moods, or let it all go, there’s the potential for it to mean something even more – something real. Is there an actual happy place that can make […]Read more "Finding an Actual Happy Place with IBD"
When you have a chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis for such a long time you begin to want a change – and a normal life. When so many of your days are filled with sickness you want to relish and live in the moments that you aren’t sick or at least […]Read more "The Truth About My Battle With IBD And How Hard It Is"
At times in your life the future comes to mind quite a bit. Usually I try my best to live in the now but certain parts of life can’t be ignored. One of the IIF’s Board members recently had a proctectomy (removal of the rectum) and it got me thinking if I should finally have […]Read more "Surgery Is In My Future by Brian Greenberg"
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can make life anything but normal. The day-to-day battles which an IBD patient faces can be incredible tough. They look like obstacles which are standing like HUGE walls in front of us, keeping us from the other side and a normal life. But we have to do what we can to […]Read more "A Typical Day by Brian Greenberg"
My last post was about how everyone in the IBD community, as well as their IBD, is different–and thereby how different methods of awareness and remediation are needed. I’ve continued to think about this topic more and more since the end of IBD Awareness Week. While looking back on my journey with IBD, I began […]Read more "What Helped Me During My Dark Days with Crohn’s Disease"
Today marks the fifth day of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week in the United States. From December 1st to the 7th the Intense Intestines Foundation, other organizations and IBD advocates all over the country will be doing our part to raise IBD awareness. Over 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from an Inflammatory […]Read more "IBD Awareness: IBD Is Different In Everyone, IBD Advocates Are Going To Be Different Too!"
Many times I get asked if I’ve actually had it bad with Crohn’s disease. The main reason why I believe I’m asked that is because I like to keep a positive attitude and not dwell on a lot the negatives that I’ve been put through during my journey with IBD. The reality is that even […]Read more "My Dark Days With Inflammatory Bowel Disease"
Join the Intestine Intestines Foundation for a night of magic, mischief and fundraising! Magician Vinny DePonto will wow you with his mind reading, tricks and illusions while you help raise critical funds for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ostomy awareness. I promise you that you’ll leave saying “How did he do that?”. Vinny DePonto has […]Read more "Intense Intestines Events: Magic and Mischief featuring Vinny DePonto"
Posted by Brian Greenberg. As today is World Ostomy Day I’m reflecting back on not just the almost 3 years that I’ve lived with an ostomy now, but the years leading up to my ostomy as well. The word “ostomy” is one that many in different chronic illness communities fear. For some people and I […]Read more "What the Word Ostomy Means to Me"
Relationships can be an amazing part of life for all of us. Having someone around who cares about you and who loves you can make dealing with life much easier. Getting to end your day with a phone call from the person you are dating can end a bad day in a good way. Going […]Read more "Relationships and Dating with an IBD or Ostomy ~ Healthy Relationships and Unhealthy Relationships"
As an IBD advocate I find myself talking about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis all the time. Over the past few years I’ve been amazed at how many families have multiple members with an IBD. My family has two members who are affected by Crohn’s disease. Not only do I have Crohn’s, but my older […]Read more "IBD Is Different For Everyone, Even In The Same Family."
A few weeks ago I was told about something that shocked me. Apparently while being interviewed by Extra, Jennifer Aniston made a comment about a possible friends reunion, saying: “I think we’re getting to the point where we’re going to be friends with wheelchairs and colostomy bags.” While this comment isn’t nearly as bad as […]Read more "Jennifer Aniston Makes A Comment About Ostomies"
Below is a post from Lauren, our first Intense Intestines Scholarship winner. Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Beach and I am so thankful to announce that I am the winner of the first ever-Intense Intestines Foundation Scholarship. I am so blessed to have not only won, but to be the first winner of the […]Read more "Our First Intense Intestines Scholarship Winner: Lauren Beach Shares Some Of Her IBD Story"
We all know living with an IBD isn’t easy. When a flare hits and symptoms are not a secondary thought and life is anything but normal. Many times we have to curl up with a heating pad for pain or pick a room to relax in closest to the bathroom. During these times life is […]Read more "Independence With IBD"