: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
Sometimes you just know something big is on its way. You take a look at the restful blue waters and know that a storm is brewing just over the horizon, just out of sight. And you know it’ll soon be on its way toward the shore on which you stand. This is how I felt before going to my MRE… Continue reading Chapter 3: What to Expect When Going In for Colon Imaging
I felt as if I were walking along the water’s edge. The disheveled ocean to my left was nipping at my ankles trying to pull me further into fear of the unknown reason for my searing stomach pain; the land to my right—though also unfamiliar—represented hope as I waited for a diagnosis… Continue reading Chapter 2: How to Prepare for Your First Colonoscopy
Ah, August of 2014. The summer I transferred to William Jessup University—a small, humble school on the outskirts of Rocklin, California. I had always dreamt of attending a large university after my two years at a cramped and overcrowded community college—someplace where I could continue to appease my inner introvert and hide camouflaged amongst the masses… Continue reading Chapter 1: My Organ’s Origin Story – An Overview
Why, hello there, and welcome! Thank you for taking some time out of your busy day to check out what The Comical Colon’s all about! Chances are, you or your loved one has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. After maybe thinking what the heck is that!? you’re now on your journey to getting symptoms under control and entering—and staying in—remission… Continue reading Welcome to My New Blog: The Comical Colon!