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

Self-care series | Learn about your disease and where to look for information

How can you expect to be able to take control of something you don’t even really understand? Learning about Inflammatory Bowel Disease and which type of Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis you have should be at the top of your agenda. Then you can move on to how your disease affects you specifically, and how you can manage it to the best of your ability. I hope you like reading!
For information on IBD and the types of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, visit our About IBD page.

Next, let us bust some of those myths you may have heard, or if you are newly diagnosed, it is likely you will hear at some point in the future. Check out our IBD facts page

You may not be aware of all of the symptoms which can occur outside of your intestine, and also which other autoimmune diseases are often diagnosed in those with IBD. See 'How many of your health issues are actually IBD related?' for more information on those!

If you are looking for information about Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, it is really important that you use a reliable source for this. I have taken the liberty of compiling a list of these reliable sources for you