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

Series | How my ulcerative colitis impacted my education

Fortunately, I had got through school before any IBD symptoms appeared. I didn’t like school anyway, so I can’t imagine having to go through it while also dealing with a chronic illness and symptoms which most teens probably don’t want to talk about! 

I left school with very little in terms of qualifications. I had shrugged off the warnings from family about education being important and had always said that I was happy to work in a factory. 

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