Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 7: How You Can Support The Fight

Today marks the last day of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 I was really nervous about posting all the information I've shared, and if you've been following along I really truly am grateful. It means a lot to me. I'm going to end this week with a few ways you can support the fight… Continue reading Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 7: How You Can Support The Fight

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Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 6: What IBD has taught me

That I am stronger than I think That blood tests are often flipping unreliable Where all the best toilets are That the gut really is our 'second brain' and that if you look after it, your mental health can often improve too How to cook decent food That there are rarely any decent offers in… Continue reading Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 6: What IBD has taught me

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 5: Diet

Today's topic is...diet This is a really confusing and complex area. Firstly, let's get one thing straight. IBD is not caused by diet. Nope, sorry, nada. Whilst there may be environmental dietary factors - such as the pesticides and toxins which are now almost unavoidable in the food we eat - we don't truly know… Continue reading Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 5: Diet

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 4: Medication

Today its medication  IBD is an #invisibleillness, not just because the symptoms are taboo, but also because the only ways we have to treat it currently are generally through immune suppressing drugs or surgery (aka kill it with fire or cut it out), and these create hidden issues in themselves. I am *incredibly* fortunate that my… Continue reading Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 4: Medication

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 3: Amazing Ostomates

It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week Day 3! Yes. I'm here all week... This year I'm challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone of just sharing infographics. When I was first diagnosed, I cried for probably hours at the realisation that I had a relatively high chance of surgery (1 in 5 to… Continue reading Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 3: Amazing Ostomates

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 2: Diagnosis

First up is diagnosis. It probably took me 6-12 months of ignoring my own symptoms and then being dismissed by GPs before I got an actual diagnosis. That felt like a long time to me, I now know it was actually relatively quick! It can take years for people to overcome the stigma, both of… Continue reading Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 2: Diagnosis

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 1: Welcome

Trying to enjoy your advent calendar? Well, it's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week! And lucky you, I'm going to be sharing info all week about these little-discussed, often debilitating, sometimes life-threatening, and always mystifying diseases. These posts started off on Facebook, but I had a few requests from friends to put them on a blog… Continue reading Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2017 – Day 1: Welcome