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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeifer-Hamilton, Inc.; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935388002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935388005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Charming and earnest . . . an open-hearted and informative reflection on the experience of living with IBD."  —Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD, professor and chair, pathology and laboratory medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine


"Colitiscope is an invaluable resource for IBD patients and medical professionals. As a surgeon, I found it a humorous and accessible way to gain a patient’s perspective on this disease."  —Kevin Hudenko, MD, FACS, Albuquerque, New Mexico


"This book will help a lot of people not feel so alone and shameful. It’s like having a conversation with a close, trusting friend."  —Marit Lysne, PsyD, LP, clinical psychologist, Carleton College



"Should be read by everyone affected by a chronic disease—patients, families, friends and coworkers. It is informative and touching, and best of all, laugh out loud funny. I can’t wait to recommend it to friends, family and my patients."  —Ken Loving, MD, AAFP, family physician and  medical director, Access Community Health Centers, Madison, Wisconsin



"As a parent, I have watched and experienced my son’s struggles with Crohn’s disease, but reading your words gives me a better understanding . . . very practical, and all ages will find parts they can identify with. It’s a quick read with lots of humor and smiles."  —Carolyn Bloom, physical therapist,  Lawrence, Kansas

From the Author

When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis I gobbled up all of the literature I could find on the topic. Mostly they were medical texts--encyclopedias of the disease, its symptoms, and the medications available. But none of them helped me with the trickier personal parts, like surviving a road trip or sneaking out of the office after an accident. Plus, I had a lot of questions: What is a colonoscopy really like? How do I talk to others about my disease? Who do I tell? How much do I share? And what will happen to my golf game!?

Unfortunately there are few resources that cover these practical issues. So, I wrote the book myself. You could call it a how-to or self-help book, but I see it as an adventure story. And it's a funny one, because laughing keeps my spirits up. The awkward situations I've experienced have helped me learn how to live with IBD, and I hope that by sharing that perspective I can help others find balance as well.

More About the Author

Andrew Tubesing is an educator, artist, and engineer. Diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in 2002, he offers an insightful and humorous outlook on the Crohn's and colitis experience.

Splitting time between the New Mexico desert and Minnesota north woods, he lives an active lifestyle despite the struggles of digestive illness. He works closely with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America as a support group leader and chapter board member.

Andrew has written a collection of Crohn's and colitis columns for Healthline.com, covering topics helpful to patients and their caretakers. Please visit the Crohn's & Colitis Corner: http://www.healthline.com/health-experts/crohns-and-colitis

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He is funny in sharing his experiences, openly sharing his fears and apprehensions about his IB condition.
VeraMae
I recommend this to anyone who has ulcerative colitis and any one who knows someone with the disease and want to understand it better.
Deb
Reading the book I found myself remembering some things I'd forgotten from my own past and getting a chuckle out of them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Otto on September 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Funny, forthright, and informative, this book opened my eyes and awakened my compassion for those suffering from Crohn's and colitis.

In the course of sharing these essays with others, I've learned that several people in my life live with either chronic bowel disease or digestive complications related to some other ailment. Were it not for Colitiscope, the topic would have never been raised, and that entire dimension of their lives would have remained unknown to me. With the subject broached--and with the knowledge gained from reading this book--I can now be a more understanding and effective friend.

In the end, these essays transcend Crohn's and colitis and offer a window into the challenges of living with any number of quiet afflictions. You walk away from the book more open, more inquisitive, and more equipped to understand one another.

It's a brave thing the author has done, publicly bringing attention to this subject, and I applaud him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Merrill Kempfert on September 1, 2009
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"Colitiscope" straddles the delicate line of balance between offering a detailed description of common signs and symptoms of bowel disease (no laughing matter) with a range of thought-provoking, often humorous, stories shared from an insider's perspective (a laughing matter). The author accomplishes the art of de-sensitization ----- tackling a taboo topic while utilizing the prism of humor. This book offers a series of stories from the author's own history which, hopefully, many individuals with bowel disease can identify with yet in a format that allows family and friends to better understand, empathize and respond to those with this hidden illness. Five stars for content, readibility and educational insight.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JD318 on September 1, 2009
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As a long-time sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis I wondered about the concept of looking at such a life-altering disease with humor. It can only be done, I think, by someone who not only has the problem, but who can step outside of it and be willing to share in things that are not only embarrassing, but very serious. Reading the book I found myself remembering some things I'd forgotten from my own past and getting a chuckle out of them.
This book will amuse those who have bowel disease, but I think will be a greater benefit to those who are close to someone with it and are trying to understand. Unless you can say you live your life in constant fear of embarrassment and illness, you need to find someone who can do a good job of explaining the experience to you.
I recommended the book to my family doctor and to my colon specialist for suggested reading material for patients and their families. I haven't found anything on the subject that is a well done as this book. It will mean someting to a great many people.
Well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Luvvah VA on September 9, 2009
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A hilarious look at a less-than-funny condition. Tubesing does a wonderful job of providing a light, laugh-out-loud narrative of dealing with a serious, often embarrassing health challenge. Filled with wonderful insights about family, life, and longtime love, it's a great read, even for those of us lucky enough to have dodged such a diagnosis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Desert Mom on September 7, 2009
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This is one of those rare texts written by someone who can relate to both health care providers and laypeople alike. The humor keeps it light while the insights into what it's like to suffer from ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease are illuminating for those who care for and live with people with these conditions. Tubesing doesn't gloss over the details of the day-to-day existence of people like himself, but neither does he dwell on his disease as though it's his one defining characteristic. I think in particular that medical residents, especially those going into gastrointestinal specialties, would benefit greatly from reading this text, and because it's highly accessible to anyone, I would recommend it for family members of people with inflammatory bowel disease conditions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen K. Busche on September 1, 2009
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Thank you for this touching and funny look at a challenging disease and the resulting lifestyle. I gave the book to my daughter who suffers for ulcerative colitis and she loved it- she read from beginning to end in one day without stopping- often laughing out loud. Only someone who has lived thru these experiences could write with such poignancy about this disease and still make it funny. When you live with a disease like this you think you're the only one- Not anymore! There's support and understanding out there. Thank You
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Eppelheimer on April 7, 2010
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What an excellent book to read if you or a family member suffer from IBD. It offers great insight, humor and helpful tips from a first person vantage point. The author is an amazing man who has dedicated much of his time to helping others like himself, who suffer from IBD. I only wish this book had been created earlier so I could have shown it to my close friends when I was a teenager! Hopefully more great works to come from Tubesing soon!
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