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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

Trying to find balance with IBD pain

IBD and sex

Hollister | Sharing their voices to inspire and encourage others

Recovering from emergency stoma surgery

Series | How ulcerative colitis impacted my romantic relationships

Travel considerations for ostomates

Eating out with an ostomy

Identifying your IBD triggers

How IBD has impacted my teeth

Why I celebrate World IBD Day every year

Mental health awareness week | Ostomy edition

To eat, or not to eat? That is the question.

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