Member Story

How To Not Fall Backwards

If you live in a part of the country where daylight savings time is practiced, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “spring ahead, fall back.” When I’ve been stable and feeling well for a long period of time so it’s so easy for me to at times “fall back” into bad habits – bad patterns of thought, bad food decisions, that kind of thing. Someti [...]


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Pack Health / August, 24th 2017

Member Story

The dangers of comparing yourself to others

In this day and age, we do not need to physically go out to find support groups for our health issues; there are plenty of groups one click away.  which Most of the time, this is a wonderful thing. I’m sure many of you are like me and belong to at least one IBD support page on Facebook.  These groups are a great avenue for us to connect with others going [...]


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Pack Health / April, 06th 2017

Member Story

When a flare comes knocking...

I’ve been in what’s considered “remission” for about two years now. That doesn’t mean I am free of pain or issues, for me it means I’m not as controlled or immobilized by my Crohn’s as I was in the past. The last week or so I could tell something was brewing. It started with the odd twinge of pain in my belly and lower back, I started feelin [...]


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Pack Health / February, 15th 2017

Member Story

New year, less stress

Did you survive the holidays? The holiday season; time to kick back, relax, see family and friends, and eat good food. The holidays can be stressful for even the healthiest of people; unfortunately for those suffering from an IBD, stress can trigger a flare.  Holiday stress can come in many forms. Travel, food, lack of sleep can all bring on stress; str [...]


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Pack Health / January, 12th 2017

Member Story

You’ve been diagnosed, now what?

Once you get that diagnosis, in a weird way it’s almost a relief to know that something is actually wrong with you. After months of feeling sick and being told many different possibilities of what was happening with me, I was happy what was going on finally had a name; a name means I’m not crazy, a name equals treatment options. When I was diagnosed, I [...]


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Pack Health / November, 24th 2016

Myth or Fact: IBD is caused by emotional stress

This is a myth. There was a time when people thought IBD was part of a group of medical disorders that were characteristic of certain personality traits, but this has been disproven. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are biological diseases. Tension, anxiety, or depression can certainly impact how patients perceive and cope with these diseases, [...]


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Pack Health / July, 07th 2016