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

Ostomy bags! How are you emptying yours?

A little bit of fun today!

I've always emptied my bag in the same way. I tuck my top into my bra, out of the way (sorry boys). Then, I sit on the toilet and aim in-between my legs. I thought everyone was doing the same until someone mentioned online that kneeling to empty their bag hurt their knees.

I couldn’t understand what was even being said at first, so I had to check for confirmation that my understanding had been correct. Yes, someone was kneeling in front of the loo to empty their bag. They thought it was weird that I was sitting!

So, of course, this prompted some social media polls! Check out the results of those over on my blog for Fittleworth