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

HealthCARE anxiety

This was a tough one to write. Because:

A) it's difficult for me to admit weakness

B) I had to re-live some crappy memories to include them

Health anxiety is a thing. Health anxiety is when someone spends so much time worrying about their health; that they are ill, or about getting ill, that it negatively impacts their quality of life. That's not me.

I have healthCARE anxiety, but it doesn’t seem to be a thing? 

I don’t reach out to doctors because I don’t trust them. I’ve experienced so many failures from primary care doctors, as well as being failed whilst receiving treatment in the hospital. I’ll give some examples, but know that there are many more!

In the rest of this blog, I talk about the anxiety I experience when it comes to healthcare and give examples of the poor care I've received that has led me here. Check it out here.