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The Power of Listening to Your Body With IBD

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As an athlete, I’ve been taught to always listen to my body. As a pregnant woman about to have her first child, I’ve been cautioned about not overdoing it.

And as a person with a 20+ year history with ulcerative colitis (UC), I’ve had almost nobody tell me to do these things. I’ve learned them on my own – because it truly is the secret to physical and emotional survival when it comes to life with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

When I was diagnosed as a young 14-year-old in 2001, the biggest takeaway I had from those early appointments was to take some pills to feel better.

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