What people with IBD should know

I'm often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (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 mea

Intimacy after stoma surgery

Sleep hygiene and IBD

My experience of talking about my stoma to romantic partners

Deep shade trough

Talking to your partner about your stoma

Celebrating British tomato fortnight!

Is this symptom normal?

Naming your stoma

Deep shade planting

Where did all the IBD & ostomy blogs go?!

Scars tell my story; one I don't always want to remember

Anxiety about using the toilet in other people’s homes

Hair loss in IBD

What does remission look like?

We're probably not “fine”

Bye bye growhouse, hello frogspawn!

Gardening in March

What is Tenesmus and how is it treated?