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"
If I was asked to write a piece like this two years ago, I think my response to it would have been completely different, in fact, I am not sure I would have even been able to answer the question at all. “How do I decide to tell people I have Crohn’s Disease?” It has […]Read more "Opening Up About My Crohn’s Disease by Lauren Beach (IIF Scholarship Winner)"
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"
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"
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"
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"