Episode 16: Meghan Cary Brown, Crohn’s/Colitis Warrior and Patient Coach

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This week’s guest is Meghan Cary Brown. At 27 years old, Meghan has lived 10 years with active disease, 13 years with indeterminate Crohn’s/Colitis, and 3 years with an ostomy. But IBD can’t stop her. In that same time, she’s also gotten married, graduated college, lived in four different states, travelled abroad, adopted a zoo of fur babies, and–most recently–landed her dream job as a Patient Coach.

As an 8th grader in Middle School, Meghan began having her first bouts of severe diarrhea and IBD symptoms, but doctors dismissed her as just being a nervous child. After about a year, she received a Crohn’s diagnosis and started down a path a trying various prescriptions from oral medications, Methotrexate injections, and biologics. Too sick to stay in school, she was home schooled for the next few years.

During the summer before her sophomore year, she finally responded to Remicade and went into remission. With her parents’ encouragement and being concerned about the possible side-effects of biologics, she went medication free and did well for about five years with the help of a homeopathic doctor. But, during her junior year of college, life and stress caught up and she was back in a Crohn’s flare.

Meghan shares what it was like to start back at square one and how she got through the struggles and kept a positive mindset. Then, after finding relief with Entivyo for a few years, in 2015, her doctor told her she had high grade dysplasia–a precancerous colon. Coming to terms with the fact that her best option was to remove her colon and rectum, she chose to have the surgery for a permanent ileostomy.

Looking back, she has no regrets and the ostomy has changed her life for the better. Listen as she shares what the recovery process was like–including the initial learning curve she battled with caring for her ostomy–and the importance of talking with someone who’s been through the same thing. Now serving as an advocate for IBD and as a patient coach for 11 Health, she shares what it has been like to not only help others, but how it has also helped herself heal. She encourages every IBD patient to reach out and talk with someone, to take a step back and not worry about the little things, and to take care of yourself every day.
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Episode 4: Patrick Lee, Crohn’s Warrior since 2007

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Episode 4 of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast is available today!

Today’s guest is Patrick Lee, co-owner of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Hicksville, NY, and Crohn’s Warrior since 2007. Since his diagnosis, Patrick has been learning to manage his Crohn’s Disease through a combination of medication, diet, supplements, and lifestyle and is hoping to help raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Continue reading “Episode 4: Patrick Lee, Crohn’s Warrior since 2007”

Episode 2: Theresa Spiess, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, South Texas Chapter

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Today’s guest is Theresa Spiess, the Community Director (now Executive Directory) for the South Texas Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. In this episode, she talks in-depth about the patient-driven initiatives, research, educational programs, and activities of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Continue reading “Episode 2: Theresa Spiess, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, South Texas Chapter”

My CBD/Hemp Oil & Crohn’s Experience

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For the longest time, I viewed CBD/hemp oil as just another snake oil. I’ve tried so many supplements, diets, and lifestyle hacks over the years that have all promised the moon…but in the end, the only thing they’ve done is lighten my wallet. So when all the claims about CBD oil were first coming into the mainstream, it seemed like just another product that was too good to be true. Which is why I decided to save my money and not jump on the bandwagon…until now.

Continue reading “My CBD/Hemp Oil & Crohn’s Experience”

Episode 0: Preview of Crohn’s Fitness Food Podcast

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This is happening! New podcast officially launching on Monday, January 7, 2019! I’ve wanted to do this for over a year and I finally decided there’s no better time than the present!

Subscribe today on iTunes or Google so you don’t miss upcoming interviews with Natalie Hayden, from the blog “Lights, Camera, Crohn’s;” Jen Bubert, fitness coach and nearly 20-year Crohn’s warrior, and Theresa Spiess, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Community Director, South Texas chapter.

In this new podcast, I’ll be interviewing a variety of people with Crohn’s and Colitis to share their stories, experiences, and tips for managing IBD.

We have so much to learn from each other and so much support and hope to give to each other.

Do you want to share your story and be interviewed? Use the contact page to let me know!