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Katie C. Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
As a professional graphic designer, I tackle the ins and outs of the design world. As a professional patient, I manage the daily thorns of Crohn's disease and vasculitis (Wegener's). Fortunately, I have an incredibly supportive family, network of friends and colleagues, as well as a platform from... Full Bio
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My proverbial cane (part 2 of 2) by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain (see part one here ) “A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses ... Read on »
My proverbial cane (part one) by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Not too long ago I had a benign tumor, or as my surgeon later called it — a mass of “angry tissue,” removed from right knee. Six months and several knee drains later (ou ... Read on »
The positive effects of positivity. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A study at Duke University Medical Center just found that heart patients http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/optimistic-heart-patients-live-longer/?emc=eta1 ... Read on »
Blood cancers and a call for inspiration. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A few years ago, I had a discussion with an oncologist at Stanford who explained to me that cancer is truly a chronic illness. She said that after an experience with can ... Read on »
Mrs. Clean by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I come from a long line of women who are hyper-obsessive about cleaning (just ask my brothers and/or fiancé) — so I get excited about the very intimation of a housecleaner ... Read on »
Made in Ohio: intestinal tissue by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain My father showed me this incredible research about a month ago and I’ve been a slacker on sharing the news. It really is incredible... James Wells, a developmental ... Read on »
The war on arithmetic. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’m obviously a massive Thomas Friedman fan — and particularly loved his Op-Ed piece on health care reform (particularly) this week: “ The War on Logic ” Read on »
Damaging your DNA. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain You already know that I am ferociously anti-smoking, but if this doesn’t change your mind about even that one cigarette you might consider having, I don’t know what will. ... Read on »
Gorilla possibly has Crohn's. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This made me cry. See the video here: necn.com Read on »
World Toilet Day. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Today is World Toilet Day . Yep, that is an actual day, and why is it important? Well, if you’re reading this you likely have rather effortless access to the loo, but cons ... Read on »
1 out of 25,000. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain With an orphan disease like Wegener’s, no one (in my daily life outside of the hospital walls) ever seems to understand what the condition is really like or how it manifests ... Read on »
No more I, Me, My (or how compassion can make you a healthier person) by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I was lucky enough to see the Dalai Lama speak at Stanford a few weeks ago (thanks Linda!) and while I expected it to be enlightening, I had no idea it would have me think ... Read on »
Let's get physical. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I just started reading Dr. Abraham Verghese’s book Cutting for Stone and loved this article about him so much I had to share: “ Physician Revives a Dying art: The Physic ... Read on »
Selling the music room. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Once a branded disease has achieved a degree of cultural legitimacy, there is no need to convince anyone that a drug to treat it is necessary. It will come to him as his ... Read on »
For more info... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This is old, but I just saw it today (thanks Liz!). Love this ad from TBWA\Vancouver and, in fact, all of the ads here: Top 40+ Creative Ads Made to Stop You [From] Smokin ... Read on »
Eat well, be well, shop well. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “We can leverage our size to create greater demand for healthy food,” Dr. Preston Maring of Oakland’s Kaiser Permanente medical center said. “It’s difficult for farmers to ... Read on »
A funny thing happened on the way to the DNA lab... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’ve been a total slacker with my personal to-do list as of late, so I made it a point this weekend to finally send in my saliva/DNA sample to 23andMe . Yep, this is the k ... Read on »
Comfort and utility? That's a wrap. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain As someone who spends quite a bit of time in hospital gowns, this was a welcome piece of news. Diane von Furstenberg, famous for her wrap dresses (see a few of my ... Read on »
The Human Microbiome Project: Implications for Crohn's Disease. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A guest post from writer Alexis Bonari*, enjoy! According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), human microbial communities have a vast amount of influe ... Read on »
Pass the plantains. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Check this out — a new study finds that certain plant fibers may prevent Crohn’s relapses . Researchers in Europe tested soluble fibers from broccoli, plantains, ... Read on »