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

FAQ | Swimming with a stoma

When I had my first ileostomy in 2007, I actually thought I wasn’t able to go swimming with a stoma. I imagined my bag would just float off me in the chlorinated water! That said, I didn’t have a good time with the bags that were available back then. I was constantly dealing with leaks and sore skin, so I didn’t really feel secure any of the time!

I recently started swimming again, so, I wanted to write a blog to share my experience and tips for those who are thinking about going.

Check it out on Fittleworth's blog