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

My IBD diagnosis saved me from myself

It's easy to blame a life-changing illness for ruining your life, but did you ever stop to ask yourself, where you would be without it?

I have!

In a life where I wasn't diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the tender age of 19 where would I be?

Well, I can hazard a pretty good guess, and it would be far from pretty!

I was on a slippery slope of drinking too much and accepting things from my partner that I shouldn't have put up with. I was a complete arsehole with my mum and I didn't care about anyone or anything other than myself.

I went to work all week and spent my time at home hiding out in the bedroom, usually having a drink, watching TV and all the rest of my time in the pub.

I drank too much, I smoked too much, I took drugs too much, I swore too much and I didn't give a shit enough.

IBD saved me from myself.
I am strong now because I have been weak before, and I didn't like it.

I am happy now because I have experienced heart-wrenching sadness before, and I didn't like it.

I laugh a lot now because I have cried so hard before, and I didn't like it.

I live each day now because I have been so close to death before, and I didn't like it.

I am brave now because I have experienced so much hurt before, and I didn't like it.

I am confident now because I have been so uncomfortable in my own skin before, and I did not like it.

I care a lot now because I have mistreated people and isolated myself before, and I didn't like it.

I have a lot of love to give now because I used to hate the world before, and I didn't like it.

I am grateful for every day I have now because I've wasted so many before, and guess what, I didn't like it!

My name is Sahara Fleetwood-Beresford. I swear too much and I give a shit a lot.