My Crohnic Life

– LIFE WITH AN INVISIBLE DISEASE – 

But You Don’t Look Sick

“But you don’t look sick.” This is a common phrase heard by the invisible illness community; while people may think it’s a sort of compliment, it’s actually extremely invalidating and frustrating. We constantly feel misunderstood, judged and ostracized by those around us (even close family, friends and healthcare professionals). What do you do when you […]

My Interview With The Arbiter Newspaper

I was recently contacted by a news editor for Boise State University’s student newspaper, The Arbiter, for an interview about this blog. This article not only explains the purpose of this blog, but it also touches on a few projects I have completed in the short time this website has been live. One project, that […]

Too “Girly” For Pain

Until recently, I’ve never been empowered by my pain; I’ve been ashamed of it. For as long as I can remember, I thought that pain meant weakness. Through my childhood and adolescence, my pain has been blamed on the wrong aspect of my body. I thought I felt immense pain because I was weak not […]

Isolation

It’s no secret, hospital life is isolating. Those that enter the ER with a broken bone or the common cold kindly wave farewell to this confinement as they drive back to “normal life” a few hours later. However, those with chronic illnesses don’t get to leave the isolation at the door. For me, isolation has […]

“Thin” Isn’t Always a Privilege

“I wish I had Crohn’s so I could be thin.” “You’re so lucky you don’t gain weight!” “I wish I had Crohn’s so I could eat whatever I want.” “You don’t need to workout, you’re already so little.” “I know Crohn’s sucks, but at least you look amazing.” While my loved one’s meant no harm […]