About IBD focuses on issues vital to people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease). Patients, physicians, and caregivers give their opinions and advice on a variety of topics including nutrition, treatments, mental health, family dynamics, and sexuality as it relates to living with IBD.
Living With IBD and a Rare Disease
As a young man, Aaron Blocker was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease after years of coping with strange and seemingly disconnected signs and symptoms. He continued to have problems which resulted in two hip replacements that were blamed on prednisone. However, after one of those hip replacements became dislocated, Aaron went looking for more answers and wound up suspecting that he also had an ultra-rare condition called hypophosphatasia.
Leaning Into Pleasure With Passion by Kait
During times of stress, our personal relationships may suffer. In the pandemic, we are finding ourselves spending a lot of time with those in our households, and for couples, that can start to take a toll. Certified sex educator Kait Scalisi, founder of Passion By Kait, shares her knowledge and experience as a neuroscientist, public health professional, and couples' counselor to help us understand how to better manage our relationships during the pandemic and beyond.
COVID-19 Vaccination With UC Patient Rosanne Mottolo
People with IBD and other chronic conditions have questions about receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Rosanne Mottolo works at a hospital and was therefore eligible to receive a vaccination through her employer. Rosanne gives her takeaways as a "mild to moderate" UC patient and how she made the decision to receive the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. She offers some great advice about how the internet may skew our perception of what IBD life is like.
Double Baggin' It With Joe and Danielle
Did an IBD diagnosis change the direction of your life? For Danielle Golden and Joe Teeters, being diagnosed as a young adult had a profound influence on their lives. The plans they had for their lives were derailed, but they only met, formed a strong friendship, and founded Double Baggin' It because of their IBD. Learn more about their disease journeys, how they met, and how they use humor to raise awareness of IBD and ostomy life both inside and outside the IBD community.
Amber's Reflections on 2020
What does it mean to act with intention? The pandemic altered the course of our year and divorced us from our intentions. However, there were learnings that we can build on to create a better, more inclusive, and informed IBD community. In this mini-episode, I share my thoughts on how the year affected me and how I plan to move forward in 2021 by getting back to my intentions.
Dr David Rubin Answers COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) had questions. Now that vaccines are becoming available, people with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis need even more information in order to make decisions. I asked Dr David Rubin, Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition and the Co-Director of the Digestive Diseases Center at The University of Chicago Medicine to answer some of these initial questions about the first COVID-19 vaccines.