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"
I’m not particularly thrilled to mention this commonality, but most of us have probably been judged because of our IBD at some point. In an ideal world, this would never be a concern and everyone would be considerate towards IBD patients (and all those who deal with diseases and differences). Despite a supportive family and […]Read more "Bullying and IBD by Brian Greenberg"
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"
The below post is written by Sarah Brocker, the IIF’s second Intense Intestines Scholarship winner. I was diagnosed when I was 12 years old and missed 58 days of school that year. At that time, I did not understand the meaning of forever, but I did know that my symptoms were embarrassing and I did […]Read more "Hope For The Future by Sarah Brocker"