Crohn's Disease

Everything you should know about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.


Is generic Remicade (Humira, etc.) in our future? (Update)

remicade-bottlesThere have been several significant developments since I wrote the original article “Is generic Remicade (Humira, etc.) in our future?” back in November 2009. What’s changed, what hasn’t, and are patients any closer to being able to use generic versions of biologics such as Remicade®1?  …

  1. Remicade® is the trade name for infliximab. It is a artificially created monoclonal antibody against tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha) that is used to treat autoimmune diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Additional product information can be found on Janssen Biotech’s product website for Remicade®. Note: Jenssen Biotech (parent company Johnson & Johnson) was previously known as Centocor Biotech. Jenssen Biotech markets Remicade® in the US; elsewhere it is marketed by Merck & Co., Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma and Xian Janssen. []
2011 Las Vegas Half Marathon

Delayed, not deterred

2011 Las Vegas Half MarathonThis December’s Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon would have been my 8th race with Team Challenge.

Yes, “would have been.” I’ve just made the extremely difficult decision to not run 13.1 miles in Vegas on December 2, 2012.1

Not an ideal way to start a “Year of Living Awesomely,” I realize. Ironically, a few hours after I posted that Awesome Living article back on September 4, I was admitted to the hospital with a temperature of 103-degrees Fahrenheit and dangerously low blood pressure.2

  1. I also thought very seriously about not publishing this article, since this isn’t exactly the public image of myself I prefer to project while trying to date, win new business clients, etc. But when I went public with my Crohn’s disease in 2007 and began writing about life with a chronic illness, one of my main goals was to present a complete picture, both good times and bad. []
  2. And yes, that day was also my birthday. []

Donate to Team Challenge, Get a Collectors’ Edition Book

Wine, Guts and GloryThis July I’m again running the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with Team Challenge.1 To give back to all of my incredible supporters, I’m doing something a little different for my fundraising effort. I’ve written a novel — “Wine, Guts and Meds (A Team Challenge Mystery)” — and everyone who donates $15 or more will receive a copy of the book.

“Wine, Guts and Meds” is a 150-page novel set against the backdrop of Team Challenge. The novel tells the fictional story of several new and returning Team Challenge participants who stumble upon — and must solve — a mystery while training for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. (Read a Short Excerpt.)

Only 150 copies are being printed (all signed and numbered by me, the author). And the only way you can get a copy is by making a donation to Team Challenge through my fundraising web page. …

  1. This will be my third time running the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. []