Author: James Templeton “I Used to Have Cancer” To my Texas eyes and my lonely spirit, Becket, Massachusetts was perhaps the most beautiful place on the planet. I didn’t know the leaves on trees could be so colorful, so vibrant. No wonder people make pilgrimages to New England in the fall. It’ll take about three […]

Brain Cancer

Author: Mona Sanders In August, 1986, I had just turned 37 and was thoroughly enjoying my life. And then the bottom fell out. After a grand mal seizure that sent me sprawling onto an asphalt tennis court, many hospital tests, and two surgeries, I was diagnosed as having a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. This is […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Chronic Illness

Authors: Melanie (and Paul) Campanis For years I considered myself to be health conscious–almost vegetarian–if I ate meat, the preference was white meat over red etc. For years since I can even remember, I suffered with a chronic sore throat. I should have had shares in a throat lozenge company because all throughout the year […]

Crohn’s / IBS

Author: Mimi Lange Johnston I was born premature, weighing 3 lb 3 oz. I spent 1 month in an incubator before being discharged. I had all the usual childhood illnesses–chickenpox, mumps, scarlet fever. I began having Crohn’s symptoms as a teenager, but didn’t go to the doctor about it till my mid-20s. I was diagnosed […]

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Author: Mark Armstrong “Second Chance”  During the summer of 1982, specific events in my life triggered the onset of obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms. Over the course of the next 4 years my ruminating thoughts increased, and surprisingly to me, manifested into new behavioral patterns in my life. Patterns such as, feeling as if I would […]


Author: Jonas Hill Jonas has had ongoing problems with eczema and allergies since birth. He has also experienced some transient asthma. At 13 years of age he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. He had an acute onset in March ‘04 in conjunction with a wicked 7-day stomach flu. Jonas lost 10 pounds and was weak […]

Blood Pressure

Author: Margaret Anderson In early 1996 I lost a very close family member. This person had been seriously ill for two years, during which time I was the primary caregiver. Following that death, my blood pressure began to rise and I couldn’t seem to focus on life. My medical doctor gave me medication to correct  […]

Ulcerative Colitis

Author: Elizabeth DiLiberto Staten Island, NY Elizabeth was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) in July 2006 by a colonoscopy. Symptoms included daily rectal bleeding (anywhere from one to four times a day – with each bowel movement), severe joint pain, abdominal distress, headaches, fevers, nausea. She had been administered a “cocktail” of drugs in a […]


Author: Evan Booker Hermitage, TN In July 2005, when I was almost 12, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. For several years prior to that I had not been feeling my best. I had vomited and had cramping in my abdomen fairly frequently. Also, at 12 years of age, I was 4’6” tall and weighed […]


August 9, 2003 Author: John Wetherill Dear Ginny, Words can’t even begin to express the overwhelming gratitude I feel towards you for sharing your experiences with Crohn’s and macrobiotics. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 1980, but it has been relatively quiescent until last January (three months after the birth of our first child, Jack) […]