About Duncan Cross

Duncan is my real name, Cross is not. I was switched at birth briefly, in the hospital, with a kid who had that last name. I hope that kid’s life turned out better than mine. Duncan Cross is my semiblogonym.

My senior year of high school, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I had a mild-to-moderate case, initially. I did some clinical trials at NIH in my 20s. In 2003, I had a bad flare that led to a semicolectomy in 2006: that’s where they remove your semicolon. I wear an appliance now, and still take some meds.

I started blogging in 2008, when health reform was a big deal. I felt like there weren’t a lot of voices talking about health reform from the patients’ perspective. Still aren’t. Since that debate died down, I’ve become more interested in the social aspects of illness, and how sick people find meaning in their lives.

If you want to any better sense of where I am coming from, read League of Mortals for me, and tell me what you think. Like every sick person, what I really want is to know I’m not alone.

I am editor for Crohnology.com, a community for people with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease. You can read our blog – which focuses mostly on IBD research – at blog.crohnology.com.

I grew up in Florida. I now live in the Washington, D.C. area.

Here’s the source for the Kevin, MD quote.