What people with IBD should know

I'm often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (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 mea

What I wish people understood about life with IBD

Today's post is about raising awareness of IBD to those that don’t already know about it. It’s such a hard disease to explain because it can affect people differently, and impact our lives in so many different areas! I wish I could choose just one thing I think is important for people to know, but there are SO MANY!

So, here’s what I wish people understood about life with IBD.

I DID write this post with an IBD focus, but the wording has been changed to mention UC more, as that's the disease I am supposed to focus on. However, everything I have written is the same, whether someone has Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.