What people with IBD should know

I'm often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (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 mea

Feeling lonely is more normal than you think

Loneliness is a massive issue in the UK, so much so, that the government saw fit to appoint a loneliness minister.

There’s a fair amount of stigma around being, or admitting to feeling lonely. People assume that to be lonely, you have to be physically alone, and I don’t think that’s actually the case. You can be in a room full of people and still feel alone! Real connections are needed with other human beings in order to feel supported, accepted, and validated, especially if you’re to reach a point where you feel comfortable opening up about things that may make you feel vulnerable.

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