Six Ways to Get Over a Cold Faster

At the time of writing this, I am bundled up in bed with blankets and my favorite whale-print pajama pants from Primark, coughing my way through a cold my boyfriend brought home from work. As someone with chronic illness, you'd think I'd get used to this -- but nope! I still hate being sick as…

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Book Review: Kicking Sick by Amy Kurtz

Like any Communications major, I'm a sucker for a well-stocked library shelf. So, when I stumbled upon the collection of books on chronic illness and IBS at my local library, I pretty much had a field day. The late fees on my library card -- and the wisdom acquired from the book Kicking Sick by…

Awkward Conversations You Should Have With Your Doctor

In the past year, I've seen a lot of doctors. PCPs, therapists, psychiatrists, GI specialists, radiologists, anesthesiologists....I've met them all. In fact, I'm even dating one: my boyfriend David will graduate from medical school this May! (I promise this is a coincidence, not a ploy to get free medical care. Though, now that I'm thinking…

The Power of Probiotics

Good bacteria, a.k.a. probiotics: they're everywhere, but especially in your gut! As someone with IBS and mental illness, I have witnessed the power of probiotics firsthand. At different points in my life, probiotics have both helped and hurt my digestive health. The right probiotic can make a huge difference - while the wrong one can…

IBS and Your Menstrual Cycle

Alright folks, I'm only going to say this once: if you're squeamish, click away. This is your last opportunity to GTFO before I say something disgusting. Okay, here goes....when you're on your period, are you sometimes unsure whether you're having an IBS flare or if you've just got cramps? Because sometimes, menstrual cramps feel a…