Monthly Archives: May 2014

IBD and Support

20140517_165353One thing I have learned from getting Crohn’s Disease is that you can not go through it alone.  For many years I went ignorant of what I had so when I had issues, I had no one to really talk to.  Growing up I didn’t know anyone that had IBD and worse, the people around me had no clue what IBD was. I can’t blame them since I had the disease and didn’t really know what it was either. Continue reading

SPECIAL: Happy World IBD Day!

IMG_4069On being asked to write this special post for World IBD Day, I got to thinking about what my disease means to me. I thought about how others see me now following my diagnosis and how my own views have changed from first hearing the word ‘Crohn’s’ to having 4 years of my life practically put on hold, and part of my intestines removed due to it. I write about my illness a LOT but it’s still sometimes a little surreal that all this is actually happening to me, and to my body. Continue reading

A New Normal

603515_3678145960639_647107342_nHi! My name is Alicia and I am the Multimedia Director for Girls With Guts.  I have had UC/Crohns for almost 10 years now.  I have a complicated and LONG history with IBD but I’ll try and spare you with the gritty (and bloody) details. Continue reading

Plan, Prepare, Pack!

DSC_1598Traveling across town can be tricky when you’re living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis /IBD, much less traversing the continent or globe.  The trick to minimizing stress and anxiety is careful planning to eliminate as many unknowns as possible, as well as a healthy dose of organization.  Take it from this Type-A planner – it’s best to prepare for the worst and hope for the best! Continue reading