Crohn’s Disease Management

Crohn’s disease management is a topic that is near and dear to the individuals that have this particular disease. When I was diagnosed in 1978 management options weren’t that many. We relied on sulfa drugs, steroids, and whatever diet management worked at the time. As a result I lost over 40 pounds in three months. […] Read more »

Traveling With an Ostomy

Traveling with an Ostomy

Traveling with an ostomy isn’t much different than traveling without one.  You just need to make sure you go prepared. First, and maybe most important, make sure you have twice the amount of appliances you usually use packed.  No matter how you travel keep at least one emergency appliance with you at all times.  Keep […] Read more »

Essential Oils for Rashes

essential oils for rashes

Essential oils for rashes consist of lavender, chamomile, peppermint, geranium, tea tree, cedarwood, rose, sandalwood, patchouli, helichrysum, valarian, and calendula. Calendula is an oil I had not heard of.  It’s also called the pot marigold. The name, calendula, comes from a Latin word, kalendae, which meant the first of the month.  It is suggested it […] Read more »

Helpful Hints for Ostomates

Helpful hints for ostomates

Helpful hints for ostomates are necessary especially during the hot, humid summer months.  Summer time and wearing an ostomy appliance can be an interesting and frustrating situation. Keeping the skin around the stoma healthy is important all of the time but can present some problems when it’s hot and you sweat.  The adhesive might break […] Read more »

Dealing With an Invisible Illness

Dealing with an invisible illness

Dealing with an invisible illness.  I’ve just read an extremely good article on this on WebMed.  Along with comments posted by other people I posted this one too. “I’ve been extremely lucky in the 18 years since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My family has ridden the health roller coaster so much with me that they […] Read more »

Using Humira for Crohn’s Disease

Using humira for crohn's disease

Using Humira for Crohn’s disease is something I’ve been hearing more about.  I lost my colon in 1981 because of this disease and can still remember the horrific symptoms of it. Humira has been on the market for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis for several years.  It can also be used for the treatment of […] Read more »

Improve Your Health with a Fecal Transplant

Improve your health with a fecal transplant

Improve your health with a fecal transplant.  It sounds gross, bizarre, and what the hell(?).  At least that’s what I thought when I first heard about it last week.  Come to find out I’m way behind in my information. Fecal microbiotica transplantation (FMT) is done to treat several conditions.  Ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and […] Read more »

My Personal Journey with Crohns Disease

My Personal Journey with Chrons Disease

My personal journey with Crohns disease began in the fall of 1978. I think I’ve eaten a bad Big Mac from McDonalds. I’ve been vomiting and have had the diarrhea for 36 hours and generally feel like crap.  Either that or I’ve stumbled into a stomach virus that’s being stubborn, that happens with me from […] Read more »

Vitamin B’s Are Working

Vitamin B's are Working

Vitamin B’s are working – Yippee!! Last November I wrote an article on an experience I had with a 5 Hour Energy drink.  In that article I explained how my fibromyalgia pain was gone and the energy I had was great.  Well, I don’t drink the 5 Hour Energy drinks any more but I did […] Read more »