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Living With Crohn's Disease

  • Posted on: 28 June 2011
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"When my Crohn's is under control, it's the best time of my life," says Nancy Kennedy, a 47-year-old nurse and mother of three, who has been treated for Crohn's disease for nearly 30 years. Kennedy is one of an estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Receiving a diagnosis just six months after the birth of her first child, Nicole, Kennedy never dreamed that the baby she held in her arms would one day face the very same challenges.

But this mother-daughter duo isn't letting their diagnoses hold them back.

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Informed & Empowered by Donnalyn Giegerich's Story

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010
  • By: Guest (not verified)

Elyse Jankowski, boutron program assistant

"Less Fear, More Fun" were just a few of the words of wisdom shared yesterday by Donnalyn Giegerich, a dynamic speaker and sarcoma survivor, as she presented on the topic "Passion Is Always in Fashion."

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5 Helpful Day-to-Day Tips for IBD Moms

  • Posted on: 8 July 2019
  • By: jleff
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Hey IBD mamas and moms-to-be—this article is for you! I wanted to share 5 of my "life hacks" for taking on motherhood while living with IBD.

Natalie Hayden is a #teamboutron Contributor and this post is part of boutron's Real Women, Real Stories series.

Hey IBD mamas and moms-to-be—this article is for you! I wanted to share 5 of my "life hacks" for taking on motherhood while living with IBD.

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Finally Pregnant! This is Our Story of Living With Unexplained Infertility

  • Posted on: 5 July 2019
  • By: helen
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Like many other couples wanting to start a family, we assumed it would just be simple as not using protection anymore. For us, and many other couples like us, it wasn’t that simple at all.
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Like many other couples wanting to start a family, we assumed it would just be simple as not using protection anymore. For us, and many other couples like us, it wasn’t that simple at all.

By Jon Laws

This guest post is part of boutron's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Postpartum Depression Lied to Me and Said I was Damaged and Unfit

  • Posted on: 2 May 2019
  • By: jleff
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I don't remember the first time I thought of killing myself, but it seemed like the natural evolution of things at the time. All I had ever been taught was how wonderful motherhood would be. Why was it so hard for me?

By Cheyenne Green

I don't remember the first time I thought of killing myself, but it seemed like the natural evolution of things at the time. All I had ever been taught was how wonderful motherhood would be. Why was it so hard for me? Despite all that I had been through, I believed that if I felt this way, I wasn't doing something right. I told myself I was damaged, unfit. I would be doing the world a favor if I just killed myself.

Maija was born in November. The dark winter days of Northern Utah can be unbearable.

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I Knew I Didn't Have Postpartum Depression, but I Also Knew Something Wasn't Right

  • Posted on: 30 April 2019
  • By: jleff
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One woman's story of living with postpartum anxiety. How she learned she had it and how she coped with it.

By Amber Jo Peterson

This post is part of boutron's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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I Recovered From Anorexia in My 20s, but I’m Still Coping With the Damage to My Bones at 50

  • Posted on: 30 March 2019
  • By: helen
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I’m 50 now, and I have osteopenia, which is low bone density that’s less severe than osteoporosis. I have it because I had an eating disorder starting when I was a teenager, for about ten years.
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I’m 50 now, and I have osteopenia, which is low bone density that’s less severe than osteoporosis. I have it because I had an eating disorder starting when I was a teenager, for about ten years.

By Kathy S. 

When I was 15 years old, from an outsider’s perspective, I was a typical teenager. I was on the pom pom squad, had a little group of friends, and I dealt with normal adolescent issues, including weight gain that can occur during puberty. Normal adolescent weight gain became a big deal to me. I decided I was going to lose weight, but for me that did not mean going on diet and focusing on exercise. For me, that meant severely restricting my food intake.. 

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The 4 Best Exercise Classes for Chronic Joint Pain

  • Posted on: 28 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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How can you be sure that your joints will tolerate the class you are taking? Which type of class will be best to help reduce the pain you already have?

Ashley Drake is a #teamboutron Contributor and this post is part of boutron's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Self-Love: Learning to Love Your Body Despite Your Disease

  • Posted on: 26 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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When you live with a chronic illness like Crohn’s disease, taking time to honor all that you do to merely function and keep up with the general population is worth recognizing.
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