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Book Review: “The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths”

Hi everyone! How are you holding up with all the coronavirus craziness? Probably like many of you, I’ve been extra cautious and only leave the house for grocery shopping, infusions, and to pick up meds. And when I go, I have my Vogmask, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer! I’m getting real tired of this pandemic, … Continue reading Book Review: “The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths”

Part 4: The Purpose of Liver Biopsies & What They Can Tell You

Welcome back to the fourth and final installment about my liver biopsy experience! If you missed Part 1 (all about the actual procedure), Part 2 (preparation and recovery), or Part 3 (everything about pain management) definitely check them out! Here’s the table of contents so you can go straight to the parts you’re most interested … Continue reading Part 4: The Purpose of Liver Biopsies & What They Can Tell You

What to Expect for a Liver Biopsy Part 1: The Procedure Itself

On February 6th, 2020 I had a liver biopsy at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. I have an unofficial diagnosis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), which is a non-alcohol-related, autoimmune, progressive liver disease. We hoped a liver biopsy would help give us some answers. I was EXTREMELY nervous for my liver biopsy, but I couldn’t find … Continue reading What to Expect for a Liver Biopsy Part 1: The Procedure Itself

What to Do If You Develop Antibodies to Your IBD Biologic

Have you ever had to switch biologics because your body developed antibodies? It’s stressful, switching IBD medications. There’s uncertainty and hope and fear all at once. But did you know there’s a specialty blood test you can do to check the effectiveness of the biologic medication you’re taking? The test analyzes the level of drug … Continue reading What to Do If You Develop Antibodies to Your IBD Biologic

PSC Awareness Day 2019: Thank You to the Boy Who Called Me a Superhero

PSC is a rare, autoimmune, non-alcohol-related, progressive liver disease. PSC occurs when the bile ducts inside and outside the liver construct, building up bile within the liver. This leads to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and eventually, liver failure. There is no cure. The only thing that comes close is getting a liver transplant. Please visit PSC … Continue reading PSC Awareness Day 2019: Thank You to the Boy Who Called Me a Superhero