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

What I wish people understood about life with IBD

We’re not “fussy eaters"!

FAQ | Preparing For Stoma Surgery – Part 2

FAQ | Preparing For Stoma Surgery – Part 1

How I was yesterday means nothing today!

Series wrap-Up | How my ulcerative colitis impacted my life

Series | How ulcerative colitis impacted my friendships

FAQ | What can I wear with an ostomy bag?

Trying to find balance with IBD pain

IBD and sex

Hollister | Sharing their voices to inspire and encourage others

Recovering from emergency stoma surgery

Series | How ulcerative colitis impacted my romantic relationships

FAQ | Travel considerations for ostomates

Eating out with an ostomy

Identifying your IBD triggers

How IBD has impacted my teeth

Why I celebrate World IBD Day every year