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.
Journalist, blogger and major foodie
My name is Bryony Hopkins and I am a journalist, blogger and major foodie. Seriously, I love food. I also have Crohnâs Disease, and have done so for over twenty years. Crohnâs Disease is a digestive illness which may attack any part of the gastrointestinal tract and affects over 300,000 people in the UK alone. In the past year I have dramatically changed my lifestyle and the positive impacts on my body have been truly astonishing. Whoever you are, whatever you do -look after your mind, look after your body and it will look after you. Iâm the living proof!
<img alt="everybody banner" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5399116/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> 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.
06/07/2017 08:44 BST
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!!'
19/05/2017 11:38 BST
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