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

Invisible illness. Just because I look OK...

Looking OK does not equal feeling OK. This is one of the most frustrating things when it comes to having an invisible illness such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Anyone that’s had an invisible illness for more than 3 months has probably been told “You don’t look sick” at some point. I get it. I mean, what are the most common symptoms we’re dealing with?

Abdominal cramps… Can’t see those, no matter how painful they are!

Fatigue… can’t see that. We probably can’t even make it out for there to even be a possibility of anyone noticing our tired eyes!

Getting stuck on the toilet – definitely don’t see that!

In this blog, I talk about the invisible and visible symptoms; pros, cons, and unwanted comments!

Check it out here.