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"
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"
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"
The issue of needing to use the restroom urgently is unfortunately not foreign to most people who suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. There are many symptoms associated with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) but the most embarrassing and the one that made me feel like a prisoner in my own home was the fact […]Read more "Crohn’s Sufferer Denied Access to Restroom"
To say I was going through a lot in the beginning of last year would be a ridiculous understatement. I was just figuring out life with an ileostomy after battling 12 years of ulcerative colitis and undergoing 14 major operations when out of nowhere I was diagnosed with another auto immune disease that greatly impacted […]Read more "Three Powerful Words: Never Stay Quiet"
The Intense Intestines Foundation would like to thank all of the applicants who applied for the first IIF scholarship. Our mission is to help those young adults who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease reach their higher education goals and that wouldn’t have been possible without all of your continuous, and much appreciated support. Living with […]Read more "Awarding the First Intense Intestines Scholarship"
As many of you know there has been a lot going on in the ostomy and IBD communities after the Cincinnati police department was using ostomies as a scare tactic to sway inner city youth from violent acts. Below is the response from the Interm Police Chief. ~Brian Email from Lt. Col. Humphries – 8/2/13 […]Read more "Response From The Cincinnati Police Department About Using Ostomies As A Scare Tactic"
In the beginning of July, the Cincinnati police department decided to use a new scare tactic to attempt to get through to teens who had been involved in drugs and/or gang related activity. They felt that it would be a good idea to use pictures of gunshot victims with colostomy bags, in an effort to […]Read more "Using Ostomies as a Scare Tactic"
If you’re reading this blog then I’m guessing that you know what it’s like to live with a chronic disease or at the very least you know someone who lives with a disease. Going about your day-to-day life with a condition like Inflammatory bowel disease can be daunting. Everyday starts with a question mark, everyday […]Read more "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Confusion ~ Does Anyone Really Know What’s Going On?"
Hi to all the IIF Supporters! I wanted to briefly introduce myself before I started blogging here with Brian so you all have a chance to get to know me a little bit. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to take a look, please check out the About Marisa section of the IIF blog […]Read more "Joining The IIF Team"
It’s that time for the climb again! The Intense Intestines Foundation is excited to invite you to our 2nd Annual Climb for Crohn’s & Colitis event. (You don’t have to climb to come down and have a good time) In honor of World IBD Day 2013, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Climb on […]Read more "2nd Annual Climb for Crohn’s & Colitis (Saturday, May 18th)"
April 8, 2013 Dear IIF Follower: I am proudly writing to inform you of our latest project. The IIF team has been working hard to establish a scholarship fund dedicated to easing the financial burdens that students and their families face as a result of their IBD. We know that life with IBD is not […]Read more "IIF Press Release: Intense Intestines Scholarship Program"