Conditions like my colitis might make me seem ‘flaky’ or unresponsive – but just know a little compassion goes a long way.
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.
Over the last few years, there has undoubtedly been more coverage in the media about IBD than ever before, but unfortunately, much of the information that gets shared is not factual and often misleading. It is our job to set the record straight! It is on days like today that you will see across the World Wide Web, a flurry of activity from the IBD community, as we unite as one big team of IBD Superheroes to share our stories.
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.
I worked on my quads before IOW in preparation for squatting (that's a complete lie). You will want to avoid any kind of physical contact with the toilet seat if you can though, so upper-leg strength will be beneficial. Having a vivid imagination also helps, as it will distract from the sights and smells which surround you.
On hearing the news that Manchester United and Scotland footballer Darren Fletcher is taking an extended break from football due to on-going issues with ulcerative colitis, my heart truly sank. Colitis is a terrible debilitating condition that has the potential to be life-threatening.