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What people with IBD should know

I am often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with IBD?” So, this is what I think you should know! Look out for clickable links in this blog, leading to more detailed information! For many, a definitive diagnosis is a massive relief after a long period of being unwell. This does not mean that acceptance is easy, after all, you have just been diagnosed with a chronic disease which has no cure. Do NOT panic, we’ve got this, life is not over! It is worth pointing out that no two IBD patients’ lives are the same. The disease does not always manifest in the same way, and the fact that a treatment works for one person does not mean it will work for another. This makes IBD notoriously difficult to treat. That said, some IBD patients may have one flare, find the right medication straight away and never have another, and that is fantastic! For the rest of us, being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis may mean some lifestyle changes and som

Body confidence part 2 | accepting my new body with an ostomy

Body confidence part 1 | grieving for my pre-stoma body

Series | How my Ulcerative Colitis impacted my physical activity

The impact of different foods on ostomy output | Food diary

Controlling weight gain with an ostomy

The impact of IBD on teeth

Colorectal cancer awareness month | Gemma’s story

Series | How my Ulcerative Colitis impacted my Mental Health

Tips for covering odour and noise in toilets

Why I wish I’d had my permanent stoma sooner

Sharing the love for Valentine’s Day

Why did I eat that?!

Series | How my ulcerative colitis impacted my family planning

Fitness pre and post stoma surgery

Bathing and showering with an ostomy

Series | How my Ulcerative Colitis impacted my Recreational activities

Enjoying the festive season with a stoma in 2020

What’s going on in Inflammatory Bowel Disease research?