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I never liked avocados until after my UC diagnosis

I never liked them, but when my doctor told me avocados are filled with good fats and that they are a wholesome food loaded with nutrients, I decided to give them a chance. I was surprised by how good they tasted!


Episode 20 of the imPACt Podcast - PAC Toolkits Recap

One of the opportunities that active PAC members have is to work on the creation of PAC toolkits. These resources cover many different topics related to life with IBD, but they all share one important thing in common - they are for patients, by patients


PAC Moment: IBD Support Systems

❓ What is the best way someone can support you and make you feel cared for ❓


Episode 19 of the imPACt Podcast - Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week 2021

Each year, December 1-7 is set aside as Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week - a time to talk about IBD and raise awareness and understanding of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. 


Gluten free pasta and vegan pesto are part of my UC diet

I've been sharing my experience with foods that I eat as a vegetarian living with ulcerative colitis. Today, I'm writing about my favorite way to eat pasta (hint: it's green). 


Episode 18 of the imPACt Podcast - IBD & Support Systems

Since we're in the month of gratitude, the PAC wanted to take time to recognize and say thanks for the amazing support we've received.


"The Sudden Obliteration of Expectation": Adjusting to My "New Normal" with IBD

It happens in a series of moments. Sleepless nights. Weight loss. Pain that gets worse with every day. Seeing test results of climbing inflammation numbers. I describe it distilled into one single moment: waking up from my first colonoscopy and hearing the words “ulcerative colitis.”


Episode 17 of the imPACt Podcast - Halloween with an IBD spin

Would you rather be unable to use school bathrooms or have to have bi-weekly colonoscopies?

We (Becky & Shira) are going to be answering some "Would you Rather" questions and telling spooky stories from Halloweens past, where we have had some close calls and moments that can only be considered entertaining in hindsight. 


Episode 16 of the imPACt Podcast - Infusions, Injections, School & Life

Hi, it's Vanessa from the PAC! School is busy right now, but fellow-PAC-member, Fionna and I made time to sit down and record a podcast episode where we chat about personal experiences we've each had changing our IBD treatment plans and how this fits into school and life for us.


IGNITE - I don't have to be healthy to be happy.

When Shira joined the Patient Advisory Council - in October 2020 - she wrote that she was looking for a place where she could use her voice to influence the quality of care other people receive - to change someone else's life for the better. Since then, she has set about doing just that - co-chairing the PAC's Advocacy Taskforce and joining the imPACt podcast where she has contributed to patient-led discussions on topics ranging from Parent-Patient Relationships to Arthritis to Queerness & IBD. In her Fall 2021 Live Online Community Conference Ignite Talk, Shira brought us deeper into her IBD journey by sharing a raw and beautiful account of her own self-inquiry and discovery, of learning to lean in during the dark moments and hold space for the hard feelings IBD brings. She challenged us, as she has challenged herself, to acknowledge that, yes, IBD is a burden and it brings a certain loss of control, but it does not mean the loss of one's happiness or identity.

Be inspired by Shira's #IgniteTalk 🔥 


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