I’m very proud to announce Ostomeme, a new project that I’ve been working on!
When I had my ileostomy surgery, my kids were eleven and eight years old. I was quite open with them about my surgery and what was involved, but I know that it can be a challenge for some parents.
In this article, I hope to share some ideas on how to approach this topic with young kids so you are both comfortable talking about the surgery and the life that follows it.
This is a record of events from what it was like waking up this morning.
No matter how hard advocates try, it seems that everyone still confuses IBD with IBS. In this parody of the famous bunker scene from the movie Downfall (2004), Hitler is given the bad news….
As I listened to a podcast from my friend Stephen Dempster on the blog Behind the Times, he raised a good point that immediately got my tired brain working. He stated the following:
The question we should really be asking is not so much “Do you think we will ever find a cure for Crohn’s Disease?”, but rather, “Do you think we will ever find a cause?”
And it does raise a very important question, because how can we find a cure without knowing the cause (or causes…)? So I was immediately reminded of some of the theories I’ve heard over the past several years. Yes, none of these are to be taken very seriously, but it goes to show you that everyone seems to “know” the cause of Crohn’s Disease – it all depends on who you ask!
How do you cope when you’re stuck with a chronic illness or life-changing surgery? For me, it’s got to be humor; not just chuckling at random jokes, but deliberately making it a point to crack jokes or create memes about IBD or my ostomy. Why?