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Chapter 9: What to Expect for Your First Remicade Infusion

: February 2015 : Happy blog-postin’ Thursday, friends of The Comical Colon! (That means it’s almost Friday!) Today we’re starting day one of a three-part series on medication many of you have probably heard of: Remicade. To set the stage, and as you may remember from last week’s post, in January 2015 I was taken … Continue reading Chapter 9: What to Expect for Your First Remicade Infusion

Chapter 8: Starting an Internship Despite Severe Medication Side Effects

: January 2015 : As an IBD fighter, I feel like a lot of my time is spent trying new medications, experiencing their unique side effects, and then comparing those side effects with the actual disease. Patients like us, we mull over the side effects, ponder them, compare and contrast if they’re better or worse … Continue reading Chapter 8: Starting an Internship Despite Severe Medication Side Effects

Chapter 7: The Connection Between Tonsils, Tonsil Stones, and IBD

: January 2015 – May 2015 : What do you think of when you hear the word tonsils? Strep throat? Tonsillitis? The dangly uvula thingy? Though all these things are relevant and may come to mind, today we’re going to focus on the tonsil’s function and their role in the immune system. What even do tonsils … Continue reading Chapter 7: The Connection Between Tonsils, Tonsil Stones, and IBD

Chapter 6: 7 Prednisone Side Effects & How to Overcome Them

: Starting October 2014 : Happy Thursday everyone! I hope your week’s been going well! How many of you guys have taken Prednisone? Kind of a love-hate relationship isn’t it? Oh yeah, big time. For me—at least when I first started it in September 2014—my colon adored this steroid. My intestines loved the way Prednisone … Continue reading Chapter 6: 7 Prednisone Side Effects & How to Overcome Them

Chapter 5: Finding Silver Linings & Deepening Your Support Group

: End of November 2014 : Hello friends! Who doesn’t like a good story!? Yeah, that’s right, I’m doing a special storytime and shout out to my support group today! But this isn’t just any story. I’m going to share an embarrassing story… And I’m about to put it on the Internet (Oh, geez, what am … Continue reading Chapter 5: Finding Silver Linings & Deepening Your Support Group

Chapter 4: The Pill Box – Keeping Track of All Your Medications

: Starting November 2014 : For six weeks after my colonoscopy and MRE, my unknown path of waiting for a diagnosis felt like a bridge: narrow, gridlocked, lonely. Forty-odd days of waiting. A month and half of worrying and hoping and worrying some more. I occupied myself by focusing on studying. I decided to fully … Continue reading Chapter 4: The Pill Box – Keeping Track of All Your Medications