Gift Guide for Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals

Today I am featuring another one of my books with a few gift ideas for your gift recipient this Christmas! Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals: Poems and Illustrations on My Life with Ulcerative Colitis is the story of my journey with ulcerative colitis and surgery to remove my colon. It features some funnyContinue reading “Gift Guide for Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals”

Gift Guide for Ink Sketches for Wellness

Today I am featuring another one of my books, Ink Sketches for Wellness: Poems on My Life with Invisible Disabilities. In this book, I paint a picture of my life with chronic health conditions. Laughter and silliness have helped me through the dark times. Sketches accompany poems that describe my experiences. This would be aContinue reading “Gift Guide for Ink Sketches for Wellness”

How I Said Goodbye to My Colon with an Imaginative Funeral

When I was younger, I remember having little funerals for my goldfish that would occasionally die. I would have a toilet-side service with the fish scooper-upper and wipe a few tears as I said goodbye before the big flush. Fast forward years later and I never thought I would be imagining holding a funeral forContinue reading “How I Said Goodbye to My Colon with an Imaginative Funeral”

“Laugh About It!” Journal Prompts to Help You Laugh About Chronic Illness

In celebration of my new book, Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals: Poems and Illustrations on My Life with Ulcerative Colitis, I am offering a FREE PDF download of “Laugh About It!” Journal Prompts when you sign up for my monthly newsletter, Susan’s SideNotes. I created ten humorous journal prompts to help remind youContinue reading ““Laugh About It!” Journal Prompts to Help You Laugh About Chronic Illness”

My First Ostomy Awareness Day & New Book Release

My Ostomy Today marks my first Ostomy Awareness Day. I’m walking a Virtual 5k (or close to it!) with the United Ostomy Association of America. To be honest, I really had no idea what ostomies involved until it was time for my surgery to remove my colon. I have an ileostomy which means waste isContinue reading “My First Ostomy Awareness Day & New Book Release”

Available for Pre Order – Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals

The eBook version of my ulcerative colitis journey is now available for Pre-Order on Amazon. This eBook also has a limited-time discounted price of only $2.99. It will be released on October 1st along with the paperback version. My personal story weaves through the book of humorous poems and illustrations I created throughout the courseContinue reading “Available for Pre Order – Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals”

New Life Without a Colon

I’m so glad to be back with you and writing again. My absence has been due to an extended hospital stay for the severe ulcerative colitis I had and then surgery to remove my colon. It has been a whirlwind of a few weeks! I’ll share my experience with you. The disease had reached aContinue reading “New Life Without a Colon”

Invisible Disability Poetry with Ukulele

Last year, I started a project but never quite followed through on it. My poem “Death to Noisy Eyeballs” was made into a video as I spoke the words and played the ukulele. Now, I am finally starting a collection. I think anyone who shares the pain, frustration, sadness, and anger over something like chronicContinue reading “Invisible Disability Poetry with Ukulele”

Read My Latest Article: The Simple Strategy that Helps me Manage My Medical Care on The Mighty

I recently wrote about managing your medical care and the benefits and how-to’s of color-coding and organizing your appointment notes before you go in to see your specialist. You can read it on The Mighty here. I do hope some of this can help you manage your medical care as well! (The Mighty is aContinue reading “Read My Latest Article: The Simple Strategy that Helps me Manage My Medical Care on The Mighty”