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Episode 17 – When IBD Gets Married With Jaime Weinstein

Getting married is a joyful time in one’s life. Until you have to bring your IBD along when you shop for your wedding dress, that is. Learn how Crohn’s disease affected Jaime’s perceptions about body image throughout her life and how it all culminated in a trip to a bridal shop that left her angry and frustrated. Plus, we share our best tips for making the dress shopping, and eventual wedding day dress wearing, go more smoothly if IBD decides to make make an appearance.

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Episode 16 – We Are Not Unique With Christy Stone of Crohnie Bologna

Are you unique? Do you represent most patients with IBD? Christy Stone of Crohnie Bologna tells the story of her disease journey, how she feels that she’s not unique as an inflammatory bowel disease patient, why she chooses kindness, and why these things make her a better advocate.

Are you unique? Do you represent most patients with IBD? Christy Stone of Crohnie Bologna tells the story of her disease journey, how she feels that she’s not unique as an inflammatory bowel disease patient, why she chooses kindness, and why these things make her a better advocate.

Find Christy Stone, Crohnie Bologna, at:
Blog: www.crohniebolognaibd.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CrohnieBolognaIbd/
Twitter: twitter.com/CrohnieBologna
Instagram: www.instagram.com/crohnie_bologna_ibd/

Find Amber J Tresca at:
Verywell: www.verywell.com/ibd-crohns-colitis-4014703
Blog: aboutibd.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ibdcrohns/
Twitter: twitter.com/aboutIBD
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/aboutibd/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/about_IBD/

Find Mac Cooney at:
Cooney Studio: cooneystudio.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/michaelandrewcooney/
Twitter: twitter.com/maccooney
Bandcamp: michaelandrewcooney.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: @maccooney

“About IBD with Amber Tresca” © Cooney Studio

Additional audio engineering courtesy Mac Cooney

About IBD Podcast 15 – 2017 Year End Wrap-Up


Welcome to the year-end wrap up show! I put together clips from my first 14 shows that drop the heaviest knowledge bombs about how life with IBD affects us, our careers, our relationships, and our stress levels.

Do you have an IBD Elevator Speech? I got you, here’s where you can learn to create yours after you listen to Brooke Abbott give hers: www.verywell.com/how-to-create-yo…r-speech-1942452

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About IBD Podcast 14 – We Are All Capable of More Than We Think With Brian Greenberg

What are your goals? Are you taking steps each day to move towards those goals? Brian Greenberg, endurance athlete and president of Chronically Better You, tells us how he moved from goals after surgery—getting out of bed and making his own lunch—to training for an Ironman in 2018. People with IBD know the value of structure and Brian explains how he has learned to manage his life with Crohn’s disease and an ostomy through careful planning and setting goals.
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Walking In Their Shoes, And In Mine

In Their Shoes

The avatar for the program is customizable (it looks like me, right?) and it changes based on the challenges. Feeling poorly (looking green), sweating (experiencing a sign or symptom), and blushing (feeling embarrassment) are all situations that are experienced during the simulation

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company contacted me and offered me the opportunity to participate in a program that they’d developed which simulates the experience of having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The program was being used internally to help Takeda employees understand IBD better and was now being rolled out to participants outside the company. IBD is an exceptionally isolating disease and research shows that it is associated with a high degree of stigma in the public perception. 

I was immediately intrigued with the prospect of this program: my first thought was that I couldn’t imagine what this might look like. My second thought was that it sounded like an innovation that could change how participants view IBD and impact their work as health care professionals, industry representatives, and legislators. The program is called “In Their Shoes,” and the full session takes 2 days, but I participated in an abbreviated, 3-hour variant.

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What Can’t You Do?

Monsters are real

Recently, during an interview, I was asked to talk about what I couldn’t do because of my IBD or my j-pouch. I may have visibly bristled at the question, though I tried to mask this initial negative reaction. I did think about how to formulate an answer–probably for a good solid minute. In the end, I couldn’t come up with anything.

The interviewer made a few suggestions, but they were things that I don’t dwell on, such as dietary restrictions. Having some dietary restrictions is not something I think about often. I can absolutely still eat all kinds of healthy food as well as not so healthy, yet tasty, food like chocolate, and also have a cocktail. I no longer see food as an obstacle or a problem, because I’ve worked out my diet and I pretty much stick with what I know at this point. Therefore, this is not something I ruminate about or concern myself with too much.

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About IBD Podcast 13 – Growing Up IBD with Brian Greenberg

Being diagnosed with IBD as a child presents special challenges for kids and for parents. Learn how Brian Greenberg of Intense Intestines Foundation dealt with a Crohn’s disease diagnosis at a young age and transitioned from being a child reliant on parents to help manage his IBD to learning how to manage it all himself.
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About IBD Podcast 12 – Don’t Let IBD Ruin Your Day

Did you know that more than 70% of people with IBD have reported bathroom accidents (fecal incontinence)? Did you also know that only around 20% ask for help from their physicians? It’s a sensitive topic, to be sure, which is why I offer advice on how to cope with this problem and how to avoid it in the first place. If you’re struggling with this issue I have tips that you can use today but the best advice is to talk to your doctor about it (and I discuss that also!).

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About IBD Podcast 11 – Relieving Stress With Dr Tiffany Taft

 

How does stress affect IBD? We know that stress does not cause IBD, but it does affect the disease. How does IBD actually cause stress, and what can we do to balance our lives in such a way that it does not affect us in a negative way? I talk with my guest, Dr Taft, about how she advises patients with chronic diseases on relieving stress and the tips and tools that have worked for her and her patients in integrating a comprehensive stress relief program into daily life.

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