Crohns Disease

Time To Break The Poo Taboo

Nick Posford | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Posford

Maybe you've said it because you have felt the embarrassment that comes from the things we don't like to discuss, the things that worry us but we cannot talk about, the things we cannot bring ourselves to say to our partners, our family or even our GP.

Everybody Needs To 'Go': Why We Need More Accessible Public Toilets

Anna Gaunt | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

everybody banner We all do it, up to eight times a day - many of us more - and yet it is still taboo to talk about our need to go to the toilet. It is a problem that we are all facing - there are not enough public toilets. However, it is a problem that the elderly, disabled, chronically ill and parents with children are facing all the more frequently - there are not enough accessible public toilets.

Achieving Remission For The First Time Ever

Bryony Hopkins | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bryony Hopkins

This blog post has been in the pipeline for a few weeks now. Well, since my gastro consultant told me for the first time in my entire life that I'm in 'clinical remission' from my Crohn's Disease. Big announcement. Big two words - two words I wasn't expecting to hear... at all.

My Body Is Amazing And My Scar Shows You Why

Bryony Hopkins | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bryony Hopkins

everybody banner To be in a position where your body is rejecting an organ is a funny concept to get your head around, but I was so sick, I just wanted it out. To remove this, they had to make a 30cm incision, from just below my chest to below my pelvis. They then had to form an ileostomy, which I lived with for three years. This ileostomy transformed my quality of life and medically, I was the healthiest I had ever been. My confidence however, was on the floor.

Why It Is Okay To Grieve When You're Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness

Anna Gaunt | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

everybody I wouldn't be the strong, empathetic, open-minded, make-the-most-of-everyday kind of person that I am. When I talk to people about my illness, I am very often met with confusion or pity. You should know that you shouldn't feel pity, because I don't either. This is my life now, and it's a bloody good one at that.

My Crohn's Story For World IBD Day

Bryony Hopkins | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bryony Hopkins

I guess the positive of undergoing such repetitive surgery was becoming proud of my scar. It's 30cm long, stretching from just below my chest to below my pelvis and it's extremely visible. I wear it loud and proud now and I take the stares on the beach to mean, 'wow - that girl must be made of steel!!'

10 Things You Should Know if Your Other Half Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anna Gaunt | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

There seems to be few people in this world who can deal with having a partner with a chronic illness. Thank you for making us feel like less of a burden. Thank you for making us feel like the amazing people that we actually are! Thank you for loving us. We will love you endlessly in return.

Interstitial Cystitis: Living With Chronic Illness

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Wiltcher

As for me, I refuse to be defined by these ugly, abbreviated conditions that keep invading my life. So I say bring on the colonoscopy, bring on the sigmoidoscopy. I'm ready for you, chronic illness No.2.

6 Things You Didn't Know About Living With Crohn’s Disease

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system, and according to the NHS, affects approxima...

Woman With Crohn's Disease Bravely Bares Ostomy Bag For The First Time Since Operation

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman with Crohn’s disease has bravely revealed her ostomy bag to the world after having three operations to remove part of her colon. The Imgur u...

Living With Mild Crohn's: My Fortunate Story

Stuart Fagg | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stuart Fagg

Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week is just about as important for the diseases as the treatments. Known as the 'invisible illnesses', both hide away i...

Five Ways You Can Help Someone Suffering With Ulcerative Colitis

Kate Crudgington | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Crudgington

If you're unfamiliar with UC, it's a chronic and unpredictable bowel disease (often mistaken for IBS) which can vary in severity and symptoms from patient to patient. The symptoms are gross and painful, but the disease itself is almost invisible. Whilst I look remarkably well, I'm actually screaming on the inside (kind of like Rose at the beginning of Titanic).

Asda's New Disabled Toilet Sign Praised By Those With 'Invisible' Illnesses

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Asda has been commended for updating its disabled toilet signs with something far more inclusive. The supermarket chain’s new and improved sign read...

Teen With Crohn's Disease Shares Powerful Message For Other Patients

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager with Crohn's disease has shared photos of her scars and ileostomy bag in order to inspire other patients to be body confident. Aimee Rousk...

Eight Ways to Naturally Detox Your Gut

Jenna Downes | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

Detox' is one of the most overused words in our vocabulary at the moment: I see it attached to everything from smoothies to foot stickers to overpriced supplements. Unfortunately, we're so far removed from it that so many of us want a quick fix and engage in all kind of crazy diets and potions in a bid to 'cleanse' that many of us don't know what it actually means- giving it a terrible reputation!

Crohn's Sufferer Proudly Shows Colostomy Bag In Bikini Photos

Caters News | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman is showing off her bikini body after a lifesaving operation left her with a colostomy bag. Heather Grant, 23, from St Helens, Merseyside, was...

10 Problems of IBD That Nobody Talks About

Jenna Downes | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

I have to plan for every possibility with this disease: extra food? Check. medication in hand luggage and in suitcase? Check. Printed list of nearest hospital in case I suddenly go from remission to a flare-up by the time I land? Check. You don't even want to see the size of my hand luggage.

15 Things Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You About IBD (But Really Should!)

Jenna Downes | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

With World IBD Day fast approaching (it's on May 19th) here are 15 things that your doctor doesn't tell you about IBD (but really, really should!)

Got IBS? Six Things You NEED to Know

Jenna Downes | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

I hope this post has given you a better idea of the other gut health issues that exist outside and alongside IBS. It is great that more people are speaking out and raising awareness of IBS; let's make sure together that IBS isn't just a label doled out doctors but a recognized condition that is diagnosed by properly excluding other causes.

Why This Crohn's Sufferer Is On A Mission To S*** In The Shard

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Paul Silver is due to have his large bowel removed later this month. But that's not going to stop him from enjoying his last few days of pooing freely...

Why Chronic Illness Is Not a Competition

Jenna Downes | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

As I mentioned in my last blog rant; our own journeys are the ones that are the most important. It doesn't do us any good in being with competition with each other when the real battle we should be focusing on is only thing that really matters: the fight for good health.

Magician Dynamo On Showing Childhood Bullies Anything Is Possible

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

He's famous for walking across the River Thames and levitating above The Shard, but magician Dynamo has been making "the impossible possible" since he...

Why Celebrities Aren't the Best Role Models When It Comes to Our Health

Jenna Downes | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

Understandably, sufferers were quick to correct the former TOWIE star, since IBD, like all autoimmune diseases is chronic and, as a result, incurable. Yes, we may enjoy many years of remission if we're lucky but IBD is a disease that is always really lurking in the background.

IBD in the Media: Why We Need Education, Not Sensationalism

Jenna Downes | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

The stories that feature in the media lately range from the dangerous misinformed to the intentionally comical (at least that's the desired effect; I'm certainly not laughing!) Here's 5 misrepresentation of IBD that I've spotted in the media recently...

Six Ways In Which Chronic Illness Changes Your Body Image

Jenna Downes | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

Like many other sufferers of chronic illnesses- a perfect body would be one that was working in order and didn't seem to have a meltdown at a moment's notice. Having a long-term illness (for me it's Crohn's Disease) can completely change the way we see our body: from something that could do with losing a few pounds to something which makes us question everything around us.