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

Yes I have IBD, but Ynot go to a festival?

Other than getting fed up of seeing stupid, off their tits teenagers and the fact that I am not really a fan of people full stop, and there were sooo many of them, I had a fantastic time at Ynot festival!

Pitched the tent as close to the toilets as possible - standard! It was also pouring with rain when we arrived - also standard.

Truth be told, lack of phone signal sucked... food was overpriced and mainly disgusting and I actually did miss the man in my life LIKE CRAZY the whole time (which was, quite frankly unexpected)! The portaloos were the worst I have EVER seen by far and there was not one time the whole weekend when any I went to had toilet paper! Of course I was prepared but that's not the point!

I had a few hours one morning to myself... just to be away from people. I got up early and sat on the grass whilst there weren't many others up. The joy of not being a drinker is not hangover!

Noel Gallagher was brilliant (when he was playing Oasis tracks) and Madness were fantastic!