"I'd like to buy a bowel, Pat." No, for real, I actually really want a new bowel.
Happy Crohn's and Colitis Week to all you Intestinal Warriors out there!

August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month. While there is no known cause, it is believed to be caused by damage to the nerve that controls the stomach muscles. Vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, bloating, pain, weight loss, and much more are symptoms of gastroparesis.

Cuddly Guts Bring Comfort to Chronically Ill - Mental FlossGreat story on how our plush organs are used by chronically ill folks as comfort objects is up on Mental Floss. "'The pancreases are a pretty big part of our family since we all have crappy ones,'" Shay, 28, told Mental Floss reporter Kate Horowitz. "Shay and her siblings have chronic hereditary pancreatitis, a rare illness with tough symptoms like intense abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Like her illness, Shay’s relationship with the plush pancreas varies by the day. 'If it’s a bad day,' she says, 'it’s something I can be mad at.'"