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

Grieving for my Pre-UC Life

I think about the emotional journey we go through after being diagnosed like the stages of grief; Shock, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Guilt, Depression, and Acceptance. They do not have to be experienced in that order, and there is no time limit on how much time can be spent in each phase. I guess multiple factors will influence it, such as personality type and disease progression. This is what my journey looked like.

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