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Colitiscope: Living With Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"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
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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I don't know what else I can say, other than, everyone should read this book, if for nothing else than to learn about a very unknown disease so that you may understand it better and be more empathetic to those with it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this on a whim during a long flight. I found it informative and surprisingly enjoyable. I began the book with no knowledge of bowel-related diseases except for a vague... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by some guy on the internet
This is a great book! I recommend this to anyone who has ulcerative colitis and any one who knows someone with the disease and want to understand it better.Published on January 26, 2013 by Deb
Colitiscope is FANTASTIC! Couldn't put it down and did laugh out loud - my partner said - that was worth everything just to hear me laugh like that. Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by marianne
If you experience an Irritable Bowel Condition, Colitiscope by Andrew Tubesing is worth reading. He is funny in sharing his experiences, openly sharing his fears and apprehensions... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by VeraMae
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. Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by Heather Eppelheimer
As someone who has many friends living with crohn's and colitis, this book was an exceptional insight into the daily challenges of living with IBD. Read morePublished on March 28, 2010 by M. Reifers