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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Find Meghan on Instagram:
@emc_brown

Learn more about 11 Health and Patient Coaching:
https://www.instagram.com/patientcoaches/
http://www.11health.com/coach
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Episode 14: Luciana Podschun, 30-year Crohn’s Warrior

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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 10: Jim Bell, Crohn’s Warrior and Marathon Runner

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Today’s guest today is Jim Bell, a Crohn’s Warrior since the age of 8 who was inspired to run his first marathon at the age of 44. In this episode, Jim share his Crohn’s journey, why running has become a passion for him now, and what he’s doing to raise awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis. Continue reading “Episode 10: Jim Bell, Crohn’s Warrior and Marathon Runner”

Episode 9: Samantha Rynearson, Cake Artist & Crohn’s Warrior

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Episode 9 of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast with Samantha Rynearson (@crohnicallyfabulous) is here! Listen online (link above) or subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts! 🎙

Samantha is a cake artist, wife, mother, and Crohn’s Warrior since 2012. In this episode, she shares her journey with Crohn’s and how she’s learned to balance family, pursuing her passions, and life with IBD. Continue reading “Episode 9: Samantha Rynearson, Cake Artist & Crohn’s Warrior”

Episode 3: Jen Bubert, 20-year Crohn’s Warrior

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EPISODE 3 of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast is available today! 🎙

In this episode, my guest, Jen Bubert (find her on Instagram using @jenvsgut), share’s her experience in battling Crohn’s Disease for nearly 20 years. She has gone through the gamut of medications, clinical trials, surgery, and even tried to go it alone for a year. In this interview, she talks about what it was like to be diagnosed in high school, her struggles with medications, what led to her first surgical resection, and her experience with clinical trials. Continue reading “Episode 3: Jen Bubert, 20-year Crohn’s Warrior”

What I learned in my CBD/hemp oil search (Part 2 of 2)

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PART 2
In this last post of my short series on the recent experience I had with hemp oil and what I learned, I am sharing how I determined what dosage to take and a few tips when starting. While there is a large amount of data and reports showing excellent safety results and a wide tolerance of doses in adults, if you have any concern, you should always discuss it with your doctor or a professional who is experienced in treating clients with hemp oil. That said, here are some interesting data on safety and dosing I came across in my research in choosing to take hemp oil. Continue reading “What I learned in my CBD/hemp oil search (Part 2 of 2)”

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”

What I Learned in my CBD/Hemp Oil Search (Part 1 of 2)

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PART 1 of 2

In my last post, I talked about some of the surprising and beneficial things that happened to me when I started taking the Raw Hemp Oil by Endoca; both in regards to my Crohn’s management and health overall. I also mentioned how steep of a learning curve I had when I began this journey into hemp/CBD oil. So, in this post, I want to share what I learned and provide you with a few more links to dive in a little deeper on your own. Continue reading “What I Learned in my CBD/Hemp Oil Search (Part 1 of 2)”