"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 diseasepatients, 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.