Episode 33: Author Anitriss Smith, “Undefeated: My Fight with Crohn’s Disease”

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover featuring author Anitriss Smith

In today’s episode, author Anitriss Smith shares her 18-year journey with Crohn’s Disease and how her desire to help others with IBD know that they are not alone, drove her to tell her story in her new book Undefeated: My fight with Crohn’s Disease.

Diagnosed in 2000 after experiencing her first flare during a family road trip to Canada, it took Anitriss 16 years of struggling with Crohn’s before she finally found the right care and treatment at the University of Michigan Hospital. Her previous doctors–despite many tests, medications, and pain killers–never succeeded in helping her achieve remission. In 2016, she was finally started on Remicade and was able to start taking back control of her health and life.

She talks about the important role her husband and children continue to play in providing support and laughter throughout her Crohn’s journey. Her children are always eager to help during flares by cooking food (and snuggling) and she’s learned over the years to help her body heal by getting rest, finding peace and a quiet escape through reading scripture, and adjusting her diet.

It was just last year, after spending so much time battling a disease she felt she couldn’t win, that she realized, “I’m still standing,” and with the encouragement of her husband, she began writing. After battling Crohn’s for so long, she couldn’t sit around anymore and not share what she had learned and experienced. The process of writing was not only therapeutic, but was her way of being able to help others going through the same thing. Battling IBD is not just a physical fight, but a mental and emotional one as well.

“I am a woman of faith and family,” she says in her book. “I’ve had many trials and challenges with this disease and its effects. Now, I am taking charge of my health and future. My goal is to encourage others to unite and in turn challenge others to do the same. Together we are UNDEFEATED!”

Anitriss’ book is available on Amazon or through direct sales. If you’d like a signed copy, you can direct message her on Facebook (she accepts PayPal, Cash App, check or money order) or if you’re in the Flint, Michigan, area, you can bring your copy to her book signing:

Undefeated: My Fight With Crohn’s Disease
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Totem Books
620 W. Court St.
Flint, MI 49503



Anitriss Smith Crohn's Warrior book signing

Episode 32: Tara Kruck, 20-Year Crohn’s Warrior

Podcast cover image of Tara Kruck, 20-Year Crohn’s Warrior

In today’s episode, Tara Kruck shares her 20-year journey with Crohn’s Disease. Like many IBD Warriors, in the beginning, she first noticed significant weight loss along with increasing abdominal bloating and eventually severe pain. She ignored the symptoms for more than a year and simply attributed them to the stress of being a senior in college and starting the process of looking for a job after graduation. Continue reading “Episode 32: Tara Kruck, 20-Year Crohn’s Warrior”

Episode 31: Jessica Porter, Crohn’s Disease Warrior and Bikini Competitor


In today’s episode, Crohn’s Warrior Jessica Porter shares her journey with IBD and is proving that you can do anything with a chronic illness. Jessica’s Crohn’s journey began six years ago when her first symptoms of pain and bloating were becoming a daily occurrence. In late 2014 the pain was worsening and in 2015 she went to the hospital, barely able to walk. Continue reading “Episode 31: Jessica Porter, Crohn’s Disease Warrior and Bikini Competitor”

Episode 30: Krista Deveau, 18-year Crohn’s Warrior and Kindergarten Teacher

Cover image of the Crohn's Fitness Food podcast with special guest, Krista Deveau, Crohn's Warrior

In this week’s episode, Krista Deveau shares her 18-year Crohn’s journey. Diagnosed at just 9 years old, Krista has gone through multiple surgeries, had a feeding tube twice (one time as a child and another as an adult), and tried just about every medication available for IBD. A little over a year ago, she received an ostomy and has been enjoying a new lease on life, thanks to Stella the Stoma. Continue reading “Episode 30: Krista Deveau, 18-year Crohn’s Warrior and Kindergarten Teacher”

Choosing a rebounder

stephanie doing a jump on her Cellercise rebounder outside on the patio

I’m long overdue for writing the last post in my 3-part rebounding series. After covering why I love rebounding, some of the health benefits, and how it plays a role in my overall Crohn’s management, I now want to talk about how to choose the right rebounder for you. With so many choices on the market and the wide range of prices, it might be hard to pick one. Below are some of the factors that helped me make my decision and some tips and things to consider when shopping for your own. Continue reading “Choosing a rebounder”

Episode 28: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Part 2 – Nutrition, fitness, medications, and advocacy

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Rachel Epplin-Rincker for part 2

In part 2 of my interview with Rachel Epplin-Rincker, she continues to share her journey with Crohn’s Disease and how important both nutrition and physical activity were, in addition to Remicade, to helping her achieve the best health of her life. Continue reading “Episode 28: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Part 2 – Nutrition, fitness, medications, and advocacy”

Episode 27: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Crohn’s Warrior, shares part 1 of her story of misdiagnosis and infertility

Photo of the Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Crohn's Warrior Rachel Epplin-Rincker

In today’s episode, Rachel Epplin-Rincker shares her Crohn’s story and how she went more than 20 years undiagnosed. With symptoms from the time she was a baby until her early adult life, she was dismissed by doctors, believed to be anorexic, and slowly worsened as the years went by. Continue reading “Episode 27: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Crohn’s Warrior, shares part 1 of her story of misdiagnosis and infertility”

Episode 26: Katie Dolgert, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Katie Dolgert

In this episode, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior Katie Dolgert shares her journey with IBD. She talks about her story from diagnosis at age 21, her experiences with medications, and how her pregnancy with her second child put her into remission. Focusing on good overall health through lifestyle practices, nutrition, and fitness, she continues to be in remission–medication free–for the past four years. Continue reading “Episode 26: Katie Dolgert, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior”

Episode 25: Mylissa Merten, Crohn’s Warrior finding remission through medication, lifestyle, and nutrition

Photo of Mylissa Merton on the cover graphic for the Crohn's Fitness Food podcast

In today’s episode, Mylissa Merten, a Crohn’s Disease Warrior who was diagnosed almost 17 years ago, shares her experience as a camper at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Camp Oasis and how, after 10 years of fighting to find something that would put her into remission, found that medications paired with the right nutrition and exercise program led to her first colonoscopy that showed no sign of active disease. Continue reading “Episode 25: Mylissa Merten, Crohn’s Warrior finding remission through medication, lifestyle, and nutrition”