Amber’s Podcast Appearances

Two mothers with inflammatory bowel disease have much in common. But what makes them different is what also makes them so powerful as the “IBD Moms.” In the second of a two-part episode, Brooke Abbott and Amber Tresca talk about how racial disparities impact access to IBD diagnoses and treatment, and why building community is crucial to getting much-needed information into the hands of people living with IBD.

“We can help one another in this,” says Amber. “Let’s figure out what we need to do to make sure that we’re the best moms that we can be. We just found so much joy and so much friendship in one another.”

A hotel bar is an unlikely place to start a support group for Inflammatory bowel disease. But that’s where Brooke Abbott and Amber Tresca found a special magic to form the group, “IBD Moms.” In the first of a two-part episode, get to know Brooke and Amber and how they manage life as mothers living with IBD.

“We both realized that going through your journey… you don’t just meet people in the wild who are like, ‘Yeah, I have IBD as well,’” says Amber. ”We just found so much joy and so much friendship in one another.”

We have had a lot of guests on our podcast discuss the diagnosis of IBS and how to manage the accompanying symptoms, but there is a lot of confusion between the diagnosis of IBS and IBD! We wanted to make sure we set the record straight. 
On today’s episode, we’re chatting with Amber Tresca, the creator of About IBD and the co-creator of IBD Moms. Amber is sharing her own journey following an IBD diagnosis and how that has led her to advocate for other IBD patients (both young and old!) as well as those who may care for them.

IBD AWARENESS WEEK is this week and as some of you may know I am an IBD Warrior myself. I live with a j-pouch now and have ulcerative colitis. I previously had an ostomy bag and on today’s episode I have a conversation with the host of the About IBD podcast her name is Amber Tresca and she has a similar story to mine a lot of ways. She does a lot to inform others about IBD and what it is like to live with it. 

In Episode 9 of the 4NPs Podcast, we welcome Amber Tresca — IBD expert, medical writer, public speaker, patient advocate, and host of the About IBD podcast — to share her story as an Ulcerative Colitis patient, and provide us, as nurses and providers, insights on what to look for, what to listen for, standard course of care and how to best support and advocate for patients with IBD. 

Amber Tresca, founder of, joins us to share her latest podcasting project, Healthcare Disparities in IBD, exploring the reasons behind the inequities and lack of representation in IBD research and clinical trials, affecting the care received by people of color and the LGBTQ community. Hear Amber detail what she’s learned from the experiences of patients from diverse communities and the misconceptions surrounding their digestive health.

This week I have a conversation with Amber Tresca. Amber is an IBD patient (diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 1989) who has been writing and editing patient-facing content for the IBD community since 2000 both for major online outlets and on her own site, After 10 years of active disease, medical therapy failed and she underwent the 2 step j-pouch surgery (removal of the large intestine and creation of an internal pouch from the last part of the small intestine). In 2017, she began the About IBD Podcast to educate people living with IBD about their disease and to bring awareness to the patient journey. She founded IBDMoms with Brooke Abbott of The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles to support moms who are touched by an IBD. She currently works as a speaker, facilitator, and advocate for people  with IBD as well as a freelance writer and editor for medical web sites and publications. 

Amber Tresca, host of the podcast, joins The MotherToBaby Podcast host Chris Stallman, CGC, to talk about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in pregnancy. Chris is also joined by Beth Kiernan, MPH, of MotherToBaby California who helps answer Amber’s questions. 

Amber Tresca (47) – Ulcerative Colitis ’89 and a J-Pouch ’99. Amber realized early that sharing her story helped others. She is the host of the ABOUT IBD podcast, a blogger, and a writer about all things IBD. At the end of the day, she’s a mom and wife, battling like the rest of us.

Living with IBD is very challenging and you can hear that firsthand from Amber Tresca, IBD patient of 31 years. In our part 1 of the IBD Lifestyle episode we talk about diagnosis and support!

Living with IBD is very challenging and you can hear that firsthand from Amber Tresca, IBD patient of 31 years. In our part 2 of the IBD Lifestyle episode we talk about IBD symptoms and how to best advocate as a patient!