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

Get involved - resilience in IBD study

Hey guys, I just wanted to share a quick survey for anyone interested in getting involved in research! This is an exploratory study of the factors that influence resilience in individuals with IBD. You may remember me previously mentioning taking part in Phase 1 of this study. 

In the survey, you will be asked questions about psychological factors such as dealing with uncertainty, how in control you feel, how accepting of your illness you are, and questions related to resilience.

Following the completion of the online survey, you will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to receive £25 in Amazon gift vouchers!

The only criteria you must meet is being someone with Crohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis, and being aged 18+.

The study results will be written up and submitted as a doctoral thesis. You will not be identifiable in any report or publication of these results. The results of this study may be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the future.

The research is being led by Katie Boden, and The University of Sheffield is organising and funding this research.