World IBD Day: In celebration of community

Throughout the day, I have posted about IBD, and IBD awareness- there are many blogs and foundations that provide support, education and connection among the IBD community. They give me ideas for blog posts, they give me feedback on blog posts, and while I am all about educating people about symptoms and treatments (and warn them of quacks), I think another aspect of the disease that often is underestimated is the loneliness that many people feel with it. And IRead more

Travelling with IBD- Tips to make the journey smoother I

I haven’t written much, life has been hectic, and, I was visiting my family in ze fatherland. I have been back and forth between Europe and the US since 2004, and I have traveled extensively within the US.  Here are a few things picked up along the way. The Planning phase: Talk to your doctor: No matter how well you may feel, no matter how great your blood work looks like, make sure your doctor is on board (pardon theRead more

Nation of Pill-Poppers

I perceive a lot of cultural differences when it comes to dealing with pain in the US and in Germany, and as in so many ways, I am split in the middle. I don’t believe in sticking out pain. When I don’t feel well, I take something. I also like being in full possession of my mental faculties though. With the regularity of a Swiss clockwork, NPR and other reputable news sources cover stories about pain killer abuse, and attemptsRead more

What’s in my bag? -Post-op Crohn’s Edition

As a German, you get culturally conditioned to be prepared. We are a people of planners and what-iffers.  This can be debilitating, but it can also be empowering. In my case, it empowered me to leave the house after my surgeries, wound vac or not, trans-rectal drain or not. So, I packed my bag and went. Here are the absolute essentials that I have in that bag. Not everything is Crohn’s-related, but still useful. Sunglasses. Having lived in CA forRead more