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 career

I was diagnosed and had surgery straight away. I had an ileostomy, and the plan was to ultimately have a Jpouch.

I had to change my hours at work because the fatigue wouldn’t let me work full time anymore. I didn’t like my job. It was only ever supposed to be a temporary way to bring in money while I figured out what my next steps were going to be.

I felt like I was stuck there, because how could I look for something else when I knew I had two more surgeries on the way.

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