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

WINNER of ITV's Pride of Britain 'Fundraiser Award' - East Midlands

I was nominated for the Pride of Britain fundraiser of the year (East Midlands) award in 2015, which in all honesty was a great cause of anxiety (this face and voice were not made for TV), and I thought I had absolutely no chance of winning!

Then, Matt from ITV Central surprised me at work on September 11th with the award, and the surprise was aired on ITV Central news, as was my initial nomination interview!

You can see the video here

I then attended the Pride of Britain Awards - another source of MASS anxiety. Celeb culture is really not my thing. They do a job, why do we worship them??

I say this, until I am in the same room as Gandalf and Ron Weasley and then my previous comment goes straight out of the window...