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

Sustaining friendships has been more difficult due to chronic illness

Forming meaningful bonds with others and investing time and energy into those relationships to ensure that they last is difficult; even for those without any health problems. I have seen many people come and go during my journey through health battles. When I was initially diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in 2007, I noticed who didn’t come to see me during my 6-week hospital stay. I noticed who sent me texts and who seemed like they actually cared. There wasn’t many of them!

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