Posts Tagged ‘ucvlog’


UCVlog is now 3 years old!

October 1, 2011

It’s that time of year again: a little self-reflection and bragging about the accomplishments of the last year. UCVlog has now been operating for 3 years, and we continue to get better and better every year thanks to all of your wonderful comments and suggestions!

This year we had over 50 new videos, 11 new video translations into Hebrew and German, a hugely successful ostomy supply drive, our first contest, and more!

And to brag just a little more (and then I’ll be done; I promise), our 280+ videos have been watched over 805,000 times! Watched by you, that is, not us.

Some other great news for you, the patient, is that we are no longer the only game in town. When we started UCVlog there weren’t really that many IBD/ostomy/cancer/colon disease videos online (at least, not that many good videos). Slowly but surely, there are getting to be more and more confident and competent vloggers, especially those with ostomies. Instead of listening to only a couple experiences with disease (and our experiences have been rather depressing at times), there are now so many more perspectives, which hopefully helps you make better decisions about your treatment.

For a look back, here are some of the memorable posts from last year:

We have lots more great things planned for our fourth year! Thank you for your love and support over the years!

~Dennis and Nadia


Hypoglycemia and IBD—Featuring a Demonstration on How to Test Blood Sugars

January 2, 2011

Ever since I had my ileostomy surgery, I have noticed a series of strange symptoms that have been occurring quite frequently. Especially early in the morning, I have been having feelings of light headedness, weakness, shaky, clammy, where I sweat, yet I feel cold–the feelings accelerate to the point where I have blacked out completely. Generally, I noticed that eating something during these episodes have helped to stabilize my body. When speaking with my doctor, he diagnosed me with having Hypoglycemia. In hypoglycemia, the pancreas sends out too much insulin and the blood sugar plummets below the level necessary to maintain well-being.

My recent diagnosis of Hypoglycemia has prompted the doctors to have me monitor my blood sugars. Here I demonstrate how to use my Freestyle Lite Glucometer as I walk through the steps of testing my blood sugars.

“Enduring setbacks while maintaining the ability to show others the way to go forward is a true test of leadership.” ~Nitin Nohria



Cookin’ with Nadia: Lemon drop biscuits

September 25, 2010

These recipes are geared toward people who are battling IBD, Crohn’s Disease, Celiacs, IBS, and ulcerative colitis. This is a great dish to satisfy the sweet tooth. After trying this recipe, I think it would make a good crust for bars, and could be incorporated for other desserts. Get creative!

Lemon Drop Biscuits

170 g (3/4 cup) Butter–Room Temperature
200 g (2/3 cup) Honey
300 g (3 cups) Almond Flour
2 tsp vanilla essence (vanilla)
1 Tbs grated lemon rind

Preheat oven to 150C/300F
Line baking tray with baking paper.

Beat butter and honey until creamy. Add the almond flour, vanilla essence, and lemon rind and combine well. With moist hands take 1 tsp full of dough and form into a ball. Place on the prepared baking tray and leave about 5cm/2 inches between each ball. Bake for 10-15 minutes. The biscuits should only be lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


Most of the recipes that I’m posting are gluten free and/or dairy free.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” ~Proverb (Or in this case, make lemon biscuits!)



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