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

Where’s my psychological support?

It's no secret that living with IBD can result in mental health decline. More and more studies arrive at the same conclusion. So, why is support still not offered more frequently?

At numerous points during my journey, I could have used some help dealing with my emotions. Whether that was because of a new flare, a really long one, surgery, or something else...

In this blog, I talk about some of those times, and how I feel let down that my mental health didn't seem to be a priority to the team of specialists around me.