Take Steps: Why I walk, and how you can, too!

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The CCFA’s TakeSteps walks are by far the nation’s biggest IBD events of the year. Through these walks, funds are raised, awareness is spread, and most importantly, support for an otherwise hidden disease is provided for millions of American’s who thought they were fighting alone. Continue reading

Pain: It’s not a competition.

5998567606_e72cf3dbde_bPerson 1: “Sorry, I have to cancel plans tonight. I’m not feeling very well.”

Person 2: “That’s okay. But one time, I had the flu and a cold and I still came in 5th in a 5k.”

or:

Person 1: “Could you do _____ for me? I have a horrible stomach ache.”

Person 2: “Fine. but come on! I have horrible stomach aches every single day, and I still do stuff.”

or: 

“Ow! I just got a flu shot and it hurts sooo bad!”

“Seriously! I give myself shots, like, twice a week, and I don’t even flinch!

or, my personal favorite:

Person 1: “Ouch! My knee hurts so bad! I don’t think I can keep running.”

Person 2: “Same! But I have, like, a suuuper high pain tolerance, so I’m totally fine.” 

The above conversations represent something we all know is wrong, but nearly impossible to avoid: competitive pain. While the above scenarios are made up stories, these types of thing happen all the time in the real world, and I have to say I have been on both sides of the conversation a fair number of times. Although context varies and the words used are different, one thing stays the same: Person 1 is experessing pain and asking for help. And, rather than be supportive and understanding, Person 2 comes in gearing everything towards his/herself and makes Person 1 feel badly for not being “tough” enough.  Continue reading

It’s almost World IBD Day – Why aren’t we celebrating?!?


pexels-photo-234196May 19, 2017, is a big day in the IBD community. It’s a day where 38 countries from 4 different continents come together to raise awareness. There are fundraisers. Walks. Events. Obnoxious purple lights. Because it’s World IBD Day

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Seriously? Why do you care so much about this random day? Nobody even knows it exists. Stop being so dramatic!”

But that’s exactly what I’m getting at; if nobody knows it exists, how can we raise awareness? If nobody knows, then they can’t possibly care, and if nobody cares, then how can we fund research? Continue reading