A few months ago, I was taken to hospital in the ambulance. I had caught a winter virus from my son, who was kind enough to vomit on my face—twice. Since I don’t have a colon, my system can only sustain being sick out of both ends for about two hours. After that...read more
Melancholia: After My Diagnosis of Depression A while ago, I wrote about my struggle with my mental health and my subsequent diagnosis of anxiety and depression. I promised to write a daily diary detailing what was happening to me. And I did—for three days. Then I...read more
Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a decline in my mental health. I get angry more quickly, I cry at inappropriate times several times a day, and I increasingly have periods where I feel so profoundly sad that it’s hard to breathe. These symptoms are not new to...read more
AW Cross was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2009, and since then has run the gamut of IBD from ileostomy to j-pouch before being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2016. Intended to be humorous-but-pragmatic guides, her “Quick and Dirty Tips for Surviving” series was written as a response to her personal experience with her condition and what she felt was a lack of positive and practical day-to-day advice for patients.