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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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Forget your pills no more. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Vitality GlowCaps on the Colbert Report (edited) from Vitality on Vimeo . Adherence is obviously one of the most effective weapons against relapse, but life happens ... Read on »
Shedding even more light on obesity trends. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Friends, Romans, countrymen, if this article doesn’t make you think twice about eating or drinking anything with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) then I don’t know what wil ... Read on »
Asking for help and now, able to get it. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One of the coolest things about the new health care reform law is the mandate that insurance companies can no longer discriminate against those of us with pre-exisiting co ... Read on »
Design for patient dignity. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Combining two of my greatest passions — healthcare and design — the UK Design Council, the UK Department of Health and several teams of designers & manufacturers have crea ... Read on »
Further debate. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This someecard cracked me up. Send it along to someone whom you know would appreciate it = someecards.com/card/3465 Read on »
The vital role of social networks and chronic illness. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Love this = Online Social Networks Bridge Gaps for the Chronically Ill It’s proof that all this online connecting is helping to make things just a little bit easier for ... Read on »
An enchanted evening. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain There are no words to express how proud I am of my elected leaders who helped make health care reform a reality. Ineffable. I thought someone made an excellent point in a ... Read on »
A few of the voices of Crohn's and colitis. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain CCFA from gene1102 on Vimeo . I was lucky enough to be able to participate in this film along with a few of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading voices in the str ... Read on »
Rea$$uring both sides. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It cuts the deficit by over $1.3 trillion and covers 95%, but don’t take my word for it, take Ezra Klein’s . Read on »
The importance of IBD funding. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain If you’re an American citizen reading this, listen up! (Please.) IBD funding is in jeopardy and we need all the help you can give us. What can you do? Just click this lin ... Read on »
Will our ailing history lead to a healthy future? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The New York Times has posted a tremendously cool timeline of American health care reform here: A History of Overhauling Health Care Starting in 1912 with Theodore Roo ... Read on »
Sarah Palin + Canadian health care. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Yes, she was extremely young at the time, but I just thought this was interesting = Palin Crossed Border for Canadian Health Care And while we are here, and for what it ... Read on »
A call to arms. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unlikely of places, but when Stephen Colbert referred to Canada as “Europe with normal toilets,” I almost spat out my drink I la ... Read on »
Crohnology.MD by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’ve been a champion of this project since its inception — not to mention it’s run by a friend of mine and my doctor . Big congrats to the Crohnology.MD team who will be wor ... Read on »
Post-comp depression. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Yes, I too am suffering from post-Olympic withdrawal. No more spandex-clad Apolo Ohno, awe-inspiring McTwists from our beloved Shaun White, or gossip-mag worthy cat-fights ... Read on »
Watch the U.S. health care summit live... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ...and make up your own mind = nyti.ms/health_care_summit Read on »
The medicine I need... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ...to live a normal life—a life where I (as a rule) have never smoked, do no kind of illicit drugs, never eat fast food, do not drink soda, exercise daily and eat more veget ... Read on »
Signaling protein identified. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A protein that may help identify proper causes and treatments for intestinal inflammations—like Crohn’s disease—has been found by researchers at UCSD. More here: Business ... Read on »
I know this is a health blog... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ...but I am a graphic designer after all. And, honestly, nothing would effect my health today (and many Americans I know) more than not having a job. Pretty amazing. (Sou ... Read on »
Love found through a common affliction. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain In some of my sickest days, one of my brothers used to joke that he was certain I was spending all of my time in the hospital searching for my own McDreamy. That always ma ... Read on »