Colitis has forced me to find a way to live the healthiest life possible for me — but it doesn’t define me - Tina Haupert


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The term “healthy living” is subjective. To me, it’s a lifestyle and a state of mind, so my colitis diagnosis doesn’t change that. Being healthy doesn’t mean not having health issues. There are lots of health bloggers out there who have chronic conditions, but they still strive to live their healthiest life possible. Healthy living is about the choices you make, not the cards you’re dealt.

I’m not going to lie, it was really tough for me to go from eating whatever I wanted and exercising several times a week to severely limiting my diet and not being able to walk my dog around the block without an emergency trip to the bathroom.…

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 Why There’s No “Right” Way to Be Healthy

Last week, when I told my blog readers about my recent colitis diagnosis and flare-up, someone asked me whether I still considered myself a healthy-living blogger. My response was short and simple: Yes, I’m still a healthy-living blogger.

Crohn's & Colitis UK

Crohn's and Colitis UK is the working name for the National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease (NACC). Founded in 1979, the charity has been providing information and support, funding research and fighting for change by bringing together people of all ages who have been diagnosed with IBD, their families and friends, and the professionals involved in their care.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

Founded in 1967, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases, collectively referred to as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). CCFA funds cutting-edge medical and scientific research, provides supportive and educational programs and aims to raise public awareness about IBD.

Colitis and Me

Documenting the human side of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and how it has changed my life.

Colitis Ninja

I started writing Colitis Ninja™ for therapeutic reasons… it wasn’t long before I noticed that the little ninja wasn’t just helping me, but she was helping many others learn how to cope with IBD. She became a symbol of hope and helped put a face on the invisible battle that millions of people fight every day. Rather than encouraging people to feel sorry for us, Colitis Ninja™ seeks to inspire others.

Journal of Crohn's and Colitis

Journal of Crohn's and Colitis is concerned with the dissemination of knowledge on clinical, basic science and innovative methods related to inflammatory bowel diseases.


Colitis is an inflammation of the colon, also known as the large intestine. While there are many causes of colitis including infections, poor blood supply (ischemia), and autoimmune reactions, they share common symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea.


Causes of colitis include: •Infections, including those caused by a virus, parasite, and food poisoning due to bacteria •Ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease •Lack of blood flow (ischemic colitis) •Past radiation to the large bowel •Necrotizing enterocolitis in newborns •Pseudomembranous colitis

Colitis is inflammation of the colon, but can be used to refer to inflammation in other sections of the large intestine. The symptoms of colitis vary widely and include abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bloating.

SCD Lifestyle

SCD Lifestyle is a can-do blog that focuses on the “specific carbohydrate diet” as a healing approach to Crohn’s, colitis and IBDs - Healthline


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