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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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Is greed a preexisting condition? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I think so. Love this piece by Steve Lopez. It’s not a new story per se, but it is a great look at how we may have to get ultra-personal to show the rest of the U.S. that th ... Read on »
Quick and short health tips: Crohn's disease by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain From US News & World Report on understanding Crohn’s disease = usnews.com/healthyday Read on »
20-years and still fighting hard. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Great piece about Portland Pirates coach Kevin Dineen and his 20-year battle with Crohn’s disease. “It's nothing to be embarrassed about. It put me in a role-model situat ... Read on »
Ola Kino Maika'i. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain (that means “good health” in Hawaiian) What is up Chronic Stylers? Apologies for the delay in posts, but I’ve been in Hawaii for the last week. Look for some good content ... Read on »
Top websites for your chronic illness? by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Hello Chronic Stylers! I’m compiling a list of the most helpful websites for managing, researching, exploring, debating, and whatever-ing your chronic illness. Got some i ... Read on »
The real Superman. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Check out this 2-part video * about David Garrard, the quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars who truly is the man made of steel. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2004, th ... Read on »
Being an informed and patient patient. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain (not to be confused with becoming a patient patient ) I’m inherently an optimistic person, but when someone honks their horn the split second a light changes to green fr ... Read on »
Driven to steal. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Wow. I was floored (not to mention deeply saddened) by this story in the Sun Post-Herald police blotter: “ Woman says she stole items to pay for Crohn's medication ” Ummm ... Read on »
The greatest health care system in the world... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ...is definitely not here in the United States, but with reform, it could be. Check out yet another brilliant op-ed by Nicholas Kristof from last week. The United States ... Read on »
It’s not perfect, but it’s a start... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ...and I totally commend it. Well done. “Our plan is not perfect, but it is a good start toward providing affordable health care to all Americans,” said Representative Pe ... Read on »
Up with the support, down with the C's. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This afternoon I was fortunate enough to teleconference in and join the Down with the C’s group —Orlando, Florida’s very own Crohn’s and colitis support community. Because we’ ... Read on »
Foods that fight. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The hospital I practically lived in the summer before last— Florida Hospital —emails me this short and sweet health e-newsletter every so often. It’s incredibly resourceful a ... Read on »
The unveiling. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain And here we go: Pelosi Unveils Health Care Bill “House Democratic leaders, citing cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, said the bill would reduce future fede ... Read on »
Celebrities get swined. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Say it ain’t so LeBron. In honor of my stricken colleagues and the hottest health topic behind the health care debate, I present ABC’s “Celebrities with Swine Flu” gallery: a ... Read on »
The skin cancer link. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Saw this pop-up in my Google alerts and was not surprised at all to read it (warning, if medical photos disgust you in any way, do not click this link): medpagetoday.com ... Read on »
Ha ha healthcare. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Love this. U.S. News has compiled that best editorial cartoons on the healthcare debate: usnews.com/galleries Some are so good, they’re tragic. Read on »
Surviving cancer, but not healthcare. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Check out Krisja Hendricks’ story on Rock The Vote.com.* At 22, while on her father’s medical insurance, Krisja survived a thyroid cancer diagnosis. A year later, unable to o ... Read on »
Great news in the fight against Wegener’s. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain With Wegener’s one of my greatest fears has always been having to someday be put on cyclophosphamide knowing that I would likely become infertile in addition to developing c ... Read on »
A new set of toes. by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One of my brothers, who shall remain nameless, is cursed with my grandfather’s toenail fungus issues. In fact, his most common reply to his daughter’s question of “Daddy, gu ... Read on »
Dale Carnegie was right... by Katie C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ...when he said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” With that in ... Read on »