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

7 blogs for 7 days - Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week

Crohn’s and Colitis awareness week runs from December 1st – 7th, so I wanted to use this opportunity to introduce you to 7 Inflammatory Bowel Disease blogs – one for each day of the week!

I assume if you’re here, you already know that my (this) blog exists, and of course, I am going to tell you that it’s very good and well worth a read ;)

I read a lot of blogs by those with IBD and ostomies, so I had to choose very specific criteria to select just 7 blogs:
·         IBD focused (meaning not an IBD section on a much bigger site)
·         Regular updates
·         A good selection of differing experiences
·         Different content types

December 1st - The Comical Colon
Jenna Ziegler writes about her Ulcerative Colitis experiences with the dream to bridge the isolation that IBD can bring.

December 2nd - Lights Camera Crohn’s
Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden writes about her journey with Crohn's Disease, plus stories about pregnancy and motherhood in the hope of comforting and empowering others.

Julie writes about having Crohn's Disease as an outlet for herself, to share her story with others that might feel alone and because she wants to try and normalize the conversation when it comes to IBD.

December 4th - About IBD
Amber J Tresca writes about her Ulcerative Colitis and provides opinions and information for the IBD community. She also uploads episodes of the About IBD Podcast to her blog, in which she talks to patients, advocates and topic specialists!

Thursday 5th - Leaving the seat down
Vern writes about his Crohn's Disease journey, and regularly updates blog section, "You might be a Crohnie", which injects a little humour into life with IBD. 

December 6th - Young Crohn’s
Louise writes about her experiences with Crohn’s Disease and ileostomy. She has also written multiple blog series on topics such as medication, extra-intestinal manifestations, the digestive system and more! 

Stephanie provides blogs and podcasts, talking about her own ongoing battle with Crohn’s Disease, and the journeys of other people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Happy reading! Let me know what you think of my blog choices!