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 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”

Episode 22: Katie Vyn, Ulcerative Colitis and the beautiful journey of life

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Katie Vyn, Ulcerative Colitis warrior and ostomy advocate

Today’s guest is Katie Vyn, who was diagnosed in her early 20s with Ulcerative Colitis. Only one year after her diagnosis in 2000, a blood clot in her leg was the driving force that took her to the hospital where her colon ruptured and she underwent an emergency colectomy. Since then, she’s been growing stronger, living life, sharing her story, raising awareness for IBD, and advocating for fellow ostomates. Continue reading “Episode 22: Katie Vyn, Ulcerative Colitis and the beautiful journey of life”

My top 6 tips for fighting Crohn’s Disease


Cover image of my top 6 tips to fight Crohn's Disease

I often get asked what I do to manage my Crohn’s. I’ve been battling Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) since my first major flare back in 2006. I did OK on biologics–never really having complete relief from my symptoms–but, I’m now on my second attempt at going medication free and about to hit the three year mark (my first attempt got derailed when I decided it would be OK to binge on Papa John’s pizza and cinnamon knots on the weekends…bad idea).

While everyone with IBD is different, I believe there are great benefits to learning from each other. So today, I’m sharing my top six tips for managing my Crohn’s Disease. Continue reading “My top 6 tips for fighting Crohn’s Disease”

Episode 14: Luciana Podschun, 30-year Crohn’s Warrior

Luciana Podschun Crohn's Warrior

In this episode, Luciana Podschun shares her nearly 30-year journey with Crohn’s Disease and talks about everything from international travel, the support and love of her husband over the years, and how she doesn’t let Crohn’s stop her from living her life. Continue reading “Episode 14: Luciana Podschun, 30-year Crohn’s Warrior”

Episode 11: Will Jenkins, Crohn’s Warrior and Founder of Intestinal Fortitude

Will Jenkins Intestinal Fortitude

Today’s guest is Will Jenkins, founder of Intestinal Fortitude–supplements for IBD patients created by an IBD patient. Will was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 7 years ago in his mid-30s. After a short time on prednisone and mesalamine, he began searching for a different way to treat his disease. His diagnosis led him down a path of research, natural healing, and eventually to developing his own supplement company focused entirely on gut health for those with Crohn’s and Colitis–including a probiotic with strains grown specifically for IBD. Continue reading “Episode 11: Will Jenkins, Crohn’s Warrior and Founder of Intestinal Fortitude”