Living with Ulcerative Colitis: 10 Tips For Traveling

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a big part of my life. Ten years ago, as I was packing up my apartment to leave for Indonesia, circumstances started to get a bit messy.  I began seeing the signs and symptoms of colitis, and scopes revealed minor inflammation in the left side of my colon.  I managed to somewhat successfully live abroad for the year, regardless. Fighting corrupt customs for maintenance medication and accidentally ingesting a parasite made me appreciate my time abroad even more. I worried that I would never again have the opportunity to travel, especially after starting to see more aggressive UC symptoms. Living with Ulcerative Colitis is truly life changing, but chronic illness does not have to be life ending. My Diagnosis  I barely managed my symptoms, but the blood and gore never cleared up during the first 8.5 years of my diagnosis.  Acclimated to this way of life,…

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New Inspirational Book For Teen Girls: Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

I’m sorry. You are too fat to fly today. You need to purchase an extra seat, and unfortunately, there are no other seats available. Granted, you could not purchase this seat in advance and are at the mercy of the gate counter gods. Public humiliation times a million, anyone?! Plus, if you don’t get on, you have to explain to your job why you missed the most talked about fashion show this year. Then imagine getting on the plane, after begging your best friend for cash to buy a suddenly open seat, and having to hold a reserved sign next to you. People stop and ask for your second seat. To make matters worse, the flight oversells. Now one of your skinny, beautiful, and viciously mean classmates wants the seat you paid for.   The flight attendants decide you aren’t that fat, as onlookers sneer in disgust. What do you do?…

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Ten of the Best Books to Give Your Dad on Father’s Day

Are you looking for a more meaningful gift for Father’s Day?  Why not present the man in your life with a book?  Below, check out the best books to give your dad on Father’s Day. Why Give A Book As A Present? I look at Father’s Day gifts a lot like how I view giving baby gifts and cards. I would rather sign my name and send along a book than spend $5.00-$10.00 on a card that will ultimately land in the trash. The same goes for gifts, especially for babies. There are only so many pacifiers and newborn clothes that a child needs—and these offerings do not last a lifetime, unlike a book. Books hold meaning, are passed down for generations, and may be timelessly shared with others. Books rarely have a shelf life. No pun intended. Of course, devils’ advocates will note the clutter of books, and I…

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