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

Your relationship with yourself: Processing your emotions & body confidence tips

Relationships are a very important, crucial even, part of life. Connections with others give us comfort. Sometimes even purpose.

Relationships after stoma formation can feel complicated. It is NORMAL not to want to talk about it. I didn’t even want to acknowledge mine existed, so I certainly did not want to talk about it!

In this blog, I share some tips for dealing with those unwanted negative emotions, so that you can move forward. 

I've also included some body confidence tips, because being uncomfortable with your new body and stoma is often the root of some of that negative emotion. 

Check it out: Processing your emotions and body confidence tips