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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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Eat your heart out. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It’s almost Valentine’s Day — which I secretly really like* — and with it comes something I truly love: chocolate eating with zero judgment. Aww yea. Seriously though, ... Read on »
What's the big difference? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain What is the difference between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis? I tend to get this question pretty often and often respond by saying that neither are much fun in my o ... Read on »
Why you should continue to fight. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain If you’re anything like me, you consider yourself a pro in medical insurance claims. I am the go-to friend/colleague when anyone has a medical bill that doesn’t make sense ( ... Read on »
David Garrard is the man. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain 18 touchdowns this season = $180,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis. Awesome. Check it out here: crohnsinthezone.com and ccfa.org And more about Garrard here: The Real Superman ... Read on »
Protecting a broken system. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Check out this sweet and short article from a small business owner in the midwest (US): Small business desperate for healthcare reform A simple look at how protecting a s ... Read on »
Want to live longer? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Turn off your TV. Seriously. A recent study which appeared in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation found that people “who watched television four hours or ... Read on »
Get help to Haiti. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Wondering what to do for Haiti? The best thing you can do is donate money—no matter how small the amount—right now.* And there are lots of ways to do that. — Partners I ... Read on »
Still confused about the health care bill(s)? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Me too. But thankfully Jonathan Cohn, author of Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis — and the People Who Pay the Price and the incredibly insightful heal ... Read on »
A Noble prize. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Remember Michael Noble? He found a kidney donor—his Uncle Rich—and 7 months later he is back to snowboarding and, for the most part, his normal life. Check in on him here ... Read on »
What's in your soda? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I don’t drink soda as a rule, and haven’t really since high school, but I can definitely remember loving a nice fountain soda back in the day. If I’d known this however—soda ... Read on »
A painless way to help fight Crohn's. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Check out this piece about the Genetic, Environmental, and Microbial (GEM) project: Medical Pioneers Wanted for Crohn’s Study “CHEO* is looking for anyone between the age ... Read on »
Magic fingers. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain What if you could edit the DNA of someone suffering from AIDS or Leukemia to make the disease magically disappear? With Zinc fingers, it may be possible sooner than anyone e ... Read on »
The diagnosis challenge. by Katie C. Patient Expert 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain No one knows like I do how tough it can periodically be for even the best doctors to form a proper diagnosis. Humans, and particularly their immune systems, are innately and ... Read on »
Stem-cell therapy that could be the magic cure. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Last week Pfizer announced that it will be purchasing the rights to a cell therapy from Athersys. “Pfizer will have the rights to develop Athersys’ cells to treat inflamm ... Read on »
Just in time for Christmas: health care for all by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “The Senate voted Thursday to reinvent the nation’s health care system, passing a bill to guarantee access to health insurance for tens of millions of Americans and to rein ... Read on »
29,000 feet and climbing. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Talk about hard core, I am officially never allowed to complain about how difficult elevated hiking is on my lungs. Cindy Abbott, a fellow Wegener’s sufferer, will soon be s ... Read on »
I’ve got skillz. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I don’t want to brag, but I, like most of my designer colleagues, have got some serious Photoshop skillz. Yep. With a Z. And rightly so—I’ve been using Adobe products since ... Read on »
An ambulance on tour? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Yep. You heard that correctly. Check out this great (and short) piece about a group in North Dakota who is spreading the urgent message of healthcare reform in its most phys ... Read on »
The Nation's Best Health Plans. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Overwhelmed by what’s going on in Congress? Just want to pick a plan for the coming year? I totally understand, which is why I love this list that USNews & World Report has ... Read on »