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

How my own actions have negatively impacted my health

I have a lot of regrets when I look back at the journey my disease has taken. I can see many times when I should have done things differently. When my own actions have negatively impacted my health. 

I have tried to control many aspects of my disease. My stress levels for example, and what I eat being the main two. I wanted to do everything within my power to prevent it from being worse than it already was.

The thing that I couldn’t control was my mind, and my thoughts. One particular time always sticks in my head. At the time, I genuinely didn’t realise that I was taking the wrong path. 

In this blog, I talk more about that experience. You can check it out here