First EVER Lights, Camera, Crohn’s Instagram giveaway

Hey guys! Big news to share. I just launched the first Lights, Camera, Crohn’s giveaway on Instagram. As someone who’s battled Crohn’s disease for nearly 13 years, I’m well-aware of how far a simple act of kindness can go, whether it’s from a friend or a stranger. That’s why—I’ve teamed up with other positive forces … Continue reading First EVER Lights, Camera, Crohn’s Instagram giveaway

Celebrating six months of Lights, Camera, Crohns: An Unobstructed View

Today marks six months since I took the leap and launched my blog. It’s been such a cathartic learning experience thus far. I appreciate all the support, feedback and kindness I’ve received whether it’s over social media or email. As you can imagine—it’s daunting to open up about life with a chronic disease and coming … Continue reading Celebrating six months of Lights, Camera, Crohns: An Unobstructed View

How Hurricane Maria changed the path of my Crohn’s Disease: A Puerto Rican patient’s journey

I recently connected with a fellow IBD patient on Twitter named Jessica Pérez-Cámara. Aside from both of us battling Crohn’s disease and both of us taking Humira, we’re also both journalists. This week—Jessica shares an emotional piece about what it was like to take on inflammatory bowel disease, amidst a natural catastrophe, mid-flare. I’ll let … Continue reading How Hurricane Maria changed the path of my Crohn’s Disease: A Puerto Rican patient’s journey

How a first-grader is taking her Crohn’s and turning it into a positive

She’s a ball of energy and a sweet little chatter box, wise beyond her years. Seven-year-old Brooke, of Missouri, was diagnosed seven months ago with Crohn’s disease. She spiked a fever on New Year’s Eve 2017 that lasted for eight days, and from that point forward, life was never the same. I had a chance … Continue reading How a first-grader is taking her Crohn’s and turning it into a positive

How living with Crohn’s inspires this medical student to make a difference

There’s never a good time to receive a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. The earth shattering news tends to flip your world upside down. For 27-year-old Alyssa Alda Clements of New Jersey, her Crohn’s disease diagnosis could not have come at a worse time. Alyssa was in her first year of medical school and had … Continue reading How living with Crohn’s inspires this medical student to make a difference

6 ways to get involved in the IBD community: Advice from a fellow Crohn’s advocate

Social media often gets a bad rap. But, oftentimes in the advocacy and chronic illness space, it’s an incredible connector. A few years back over Facebook, I came to know Linde Parcels.  Linde graduated from my high school and later moved to St. Louis. She currently resides in Atlanta, where she works for the CDC … Continue reading 6 ways to get involved in the IBD community: Advice from a fellow Crohn’s advocate

When life hands you lemons: Brittany’s story of resilience while battling Crohn’s

Imagine being hospitalized with a Crohn’s disease flare. Now, close your eyes and picture yourself in Germany, surrounded by doctors and nurses who don’t speak English. You have your husband and children, but other than that…all your family and friends are thousands of miles overseas. That was the case for my college friend, Brittany Cable. … Continue reading When life hands you lemons: Brittany’s story of resilience while battling Crohn’s

Crohn’s Research Study: Share your patient experience

Research studies provide insight and hope for those of us in the inflammatory bowel disease community. Whenever I get the chance to participate in a study and share my patient journey, I do so. I’m passionate about helping researchers understand the intricacies of the disease so they can fine tune treatment and care. Recently, a … Continue reading Crohn’s Research Study: Share your patient experience

To the person who doesn’t want to see me smile as I battle Crohn’s

Today marks my 13th anniversary with Crohn’s disease. Lights, Camera, Crohn’s: An Unobstructed View, is two years old today! It’s a big day. Lots of reflection and bittersweet emotions. It’s always difficult to know how to handle an anniversary of a chronic illness diagnosis—is it a celebration? Is it a remembrance of what was? Is … Continue reading To the person who doesn’t want to see me smile as I battle Crohn’s