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5 Reasons Everyone with IBD Should Be Offered Therapy

Therapy helped me process the life changing reality of being diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and I think it should be a standard offering for everyone with IBD.

March 24, 2021

by Jenna Farmer

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How I Rebuilt Strength at Home After a UC Flare-Up

Before a year-long ulcerative colitis flare-up, I was in the best shape of my life. Here’s how I got it back.

December 01, 2020

by Holly Fowler

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7 Tips That Help Me Stay Hydrated in Warm Weather with IBD

Try these flavorful options instead of guzzling massive amounts of H2O.

June 29, 2022

by Jenna Farmer

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How to Be Your Own Best Advocate When You’re Living with a Chronic Illness

Good self-advocacy in medical settings requires a complicated balance of confidence and humility.

May 13, 2021

by Michael Waldon, LMSW

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Mindset Matters: Who Am I with Chronic Illness? Acceptance and Letting Go

Mindset Matters is a space to learn about the mental and emotional aspects of living with chronic illness. Nat Kelley, a certified life and mindset coach, shares how coming to terms with her ulcerative colitis diagnosis was hard, but it allowed her to build a more compassionate relationship with herself.

July 25, 2022

by Natalie Kelley

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Top 7 Yoga Poses for IBD Relief

These slow, gentle movements can help even absolute beginners ease some of their IBD-related discomfort.

July 28, 2022

by Alexa Federico

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Your Holiday Gift Guide for Spoonies, by Spoonies

Gift ideas from seven small businesses run by people living with chronic conditions to make this holiday season even more festive.

December 01, 2021

by Meaghan Quirin

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How I Manage Summer Travel with IBD

Planning might be the least fun part, but it means I get to enjoy my vacation more and stress less.

July 19, 2022

by Holly Fowler

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10 Ways to Celebrate World IBD Day

Show your body some love, raise awareness (and money!) for the cause, and connect with fellow IBD warriors.

April 29, 2022

by Holly Fowler

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7 Tips for Learning to Love Your Body After an IBD Diagnosis

There is no right way to come to terms with learning you have inflammatory bowel disease, but there are some strategies that might help you do so — and learn to love your body along the way.

November 30, 2020

by Hattie Gladwell

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6 Tips for Making Yourself Comfortable During an IBD Flare

When my ulcerative colitis kicks in, I rely on these six habits to feel less pain and stress.

August 09, 2022

by Holly Fowler

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How to Live in the Moment When You’re in IBD Remission

Living with inflammatory bowel disease can be unpredictable, but you shouldn't let that stop you from enjoying the good moments while they're here.

April 14, 2021

by Jenna Farmer

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Mindset Matters: Fostering Self-Love and Rediscovering Yourself Post-Diagnosis

Mindset Matters is led by Nat Kelley, a certified life and mindset coach. This month, she focuses on ways to practice self-love and find the "new you" after a diagnosis.

August 10, 2022

by Natalie Kelley

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9 Ways to Prepare for the Holidays When You’re Living with IBD

Here are some ways to get through the holidays with minimal pressure on your (chronically ill) body.

November 22, 2021

by Hattie Gladwell

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Having a Chronic Illness Helped Me Prepare for the Uncertainty of the Pandemic

Managing ulcerative colitis means accepting the unpredictability of life. That skill has become invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 11, 2020

by Bridget Shirvell

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Are Stress and Routine Changes Aggravating Your IBD Symptoms? Here’s How to Deal

It can be tricky to create and stick to a new routine, but there are ways to create a sense of calm amid chaos.

June 12, 2020

by Alexa Federico

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9 Products Everyone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Absolutely Needs

Even the little things can make a big difference when you're living with IBD.

June 11, 2020

by Hattie Gladwell

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9 Ways to Make Long-Haul Quarantine More Sustainable

These tips may help add some ease to your quarantined days.

December 08, 2020

by Alyssa MacKenzie

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Living with a Chronic Illness Can Be Isolating — These Tips Can Help

Even when it feels hard to reach out, taking small actions can help us feel more connected to others.

November 12, 2021

by Lauren Selfridge, LMFT

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How to Create Holiday Boundaries When You Have a Chronic Illness

When you're living with a chronic illness, understanding and communicating your needs is imperative. These boundaries can be especially important during the busy holiday season.

November 12, 2021

by Lauren Selfridge, LMFT

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Why I Choose Positivity in the Face of Chronic Illness

My mantra, 'living a positive life while chronically ill,' feels more necessary now than it ever has.

September 08, 2020

by Ashley Boynes Shuck

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How I Created Flexible, Remote Work While Living with a Chronic Illness

I was productive, I had purpose, and I was bringing in an income, all while taking good care of myself.

September 16, 2020

by Kathy Reagan Young

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How to Reimagine What Fulfillment Means to You When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned

Life’s uninvited challenges, like illness and loss, can help us find deeper fulfillment in the present moment.

October 28, 2020

by Lauren Selfridge, LMFT

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The Benefits of Gratitude When You’re Living with a Chronic Illness

Shifting to an attitude of gratitude can be the difference between surviving and truly thriving.

January 25, 2021

by Sydney Williams

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7 Self-Care Tips for Surviving the Holidays with IBD

Putting your needs first and being kind to yourself can help you enjoy this festive season.

November 22, 2021

by Jenna Farmer

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How Embracing the Inevitability of Suffering Can Help You Thrive with Chronic Pain

While some things help, for many chronic illness diagnoses, nothing fixes. This is where changing your mindset may help more than changing your treatment.

March 12, 2021

by Michael Waldon, LMSW

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Confronting Isolation and Self-Doubt When You Live with an Invisible Chronic Condition

Living with a chronic condition comes with a lot of emotions. It’s incredibly isolating, frustrating, and sometimes leaves you questioning your own body and its experiences.

April 18, 2022

by Steff Di Pardo

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How Modeling Empathy to My Toddler Helps Me Navigate Chronic Pain

Learning to practice self-compassion when pain or emotional triggers arise can be a beautiful teaching moment for children.

February 14, 2022

by Shelly Jay Shore

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7 Tips for Navigating the Stages of Grief After a New Diagnosis

Grieving a new diagnosis is complex. Hearing from others who have been there can help.

July 22, 2021

by Elinor Hills

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How I Exercise with Ulcerative Colitis — In and Out of Remission

IBD symptoms can make you want to do anything but exercise. Here's why — and how — to keep moving your body.

August 04, 2022

by Holly Fowler

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What Living with Crohn’s Disease Has Taught Me About Trusting My Body

There are always factors within your control, whether you’re aware of them right now or not.

April 23, 2021

by Alexa Federico

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Uncover These 3 Superpowers to Reduce Pandemic Stress

We can't control the ongoing pandemic, but we can control how we react to the stress it's creating in our lives.

February 28, 2022

by Lisa Cohen

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5 Tips for Safe Backcountry Adventures When You’re Living with a Chronic Condition

Wherever you're starting out on your outdoor recreation journey, these five tips from experienced, outdoorsy chronic illness warriors will help you find your way.

May 12, 2022

by Sydney Williams

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8 Tips for Coping with ‘Reopening Anxiety’ When You’re Living with a Chronic Condition

Ready or not, the world is reopening around us. Here's how to reengage on your own terms.

June 10, 2021

by Rachel Charlton-Dailey

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The Value of Pursuing Hobbies When You’re Living with a Chronic Illness

Finding activities that you’re passionate about and can enjoy despite your condition can lead to a richer life.

May 25, 2021

by Ashley Boynes Shuck

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How I Created Joy Through Chronic Pain and a Pandemic

This past year taught me that there is a resilience inside me that circumstances, including chronic migraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, cannot touch.

March 05, 2021

by Natalie Sayre

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How Chronic Illness Helped Me Cultivate Better Reading Habits

Through bibliotherapy I've learned that books can offer greater insight and healing than I ever imagined, as long as I pay attention.

January 11, 2022

by Stephanie Harper

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What Moving to South Korea Taught Me About Managing Life and Health with IBD

Through new habits and high quality healthcare, I discovered what it’s like to feel strong and confident in my body.

November 24, 2021

by Sarah Breann Dinwiddie

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