I Can. Being a Father with IBD

On December 31st, 2017 for the first time in over three years, I went into a swimming pool with my daughter.  My feelings were overwhelmed the moment I entered the pool.  Like the lottery balls blowing in the vacuum chamber, synchronized emotions burst out as our smiles connected in the splashes.  

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Brooke Bogdan
Bad Days with a Chronic Illness: How to Cope

Let’s talk bad days. Everyone has them, but when you are living with a chronic illness, sometimes a bad day equates to more than just spilling your coffee and running late for work. Pain, nausea, procedure prep, achy joints, fevers, fatigue, rashes, and other symptoms of chronic illnesses can all add up to a less-than-great day.

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Brooke Bogdan
My Unmet New Year’s Resolution Wasn’t a Failure

As the fireworks faded on the first day of 2017, I felt excited and motivated.  “This would be the year,” I remember telling my husband, “that I’ll have my strongest body yet.”  As an active woman, a busy mom, and a person with Crohn’s disease, it was important to me that I do everything in my power to stay on top of my health. 

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Brooke Bogdan
Christmas Fun or Folly?

Here we are at Christmas time. Time is intentionally spent with family and friends.  Gifts are shared among many.  People give of themselves now more than any other time.  And let's not forget the food that is consumed.  Delicious, fulfilling, and dangerous. 

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Brooke Bogdan
Q&A with Chris Walker

Chris Walker is a fitness buff, family man, and Crohn's warrior. We wanted to know how he stays healthy and maintains a lifestyle that gives him the ability to feel as good as possible. Check out his answers to our questions. 

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Brooke Bogdan
Never Take Your Health For Granted - Raina's Story

Life happens when we least expect it. I've always taken my health for granted. I have been anorexic. I've been bulimic. I've struggled with binge eating. I've been overweight. I've been underweight. As a 20-something, my health was something that I always thought would be there, never worrying that what I was doing to my body would have long term effects on me and my health. 

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Brooke Bogdan