Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis — affects around 3.1 million adults in the United States. Crohn’s disease causes the digestive tract to become inflamed, which may eventually result in abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Although the exact cause of Crohn’s disease remains unclear, researchers suspect that a malfunctioning immune system and a family history of the disease could play a role. Crohn’s disease can be painful and debilitating, and in some cases, it may lead to complications that are life-threatening.
At present, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease. However, there are therapies that can reduce its symptoms. With the right treatment, many individuals with Crohn’s disease can lead near-normal lives and function well.
The condition not only has a physical impact but an emotional one, too. Crohn’s disease blogs can provide valuable information, emotional support, and discussions of the latest findings in Crohn’s disease research. Here are Medical News Today‘s choices of the 10 best Crohn’s disease blogs.
1.Inflamed and Untamed
Sara Ringer created the blog Inflamed and Untamed in 2011. She has Crohn’s disease and a rare condition called chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction. Sara says that although she has neither a colon nor a rectum, she does have a passion for spreading accurate information and awareness about the condition with which she lives.
Through Inflamed and Untamed, Sara’s mission is to help others who are also living with chronic illness. She presents useful information on her conditions in an easy-to-understand way and aims to teach, inspire, and be a voice for others when they feel as though they do not have one.
Inflamed and Untamed shares educational articles and snippets of Sara’s story of living with chronic illness. Posts on the blog include whether you can ride roller coasters with a port-a-cath or power port, a travel guide for people traveling with total parenteral nutrition, and an honest discussion about living with Crohn’s disease.
2.Lights Camera Crohn’s
Natalie Hayden writes the blog Lights Camera Crohn’s. She is a former television news anchor who lives in St Louis, MO. Natalie received her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in 2005. After a number of hospital visits, numerous medications, and several flare-ups, she underwent her first surgical procedure in 2015.
Natalie’s mission is to be an advocate for individuals living with IBD and to illustrate that having a chronic illness does not have to “dull your sparkle.” Her blog covers anything and everything, from overcoming the struggles associated with Crohn’s disease to the small victories that you can celebrate along the way.
Recent posts on Lights Camera Crohn’s include how yoga can help to calm Crohn’s disease, why a Tampa Bay news anchor decided to go public about her personal Crohn’s disease story, and a mother’s tips on how to cope with your child’s Crohn’s disease diagnosis.