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.
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.
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!!'
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.
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.
Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week is just about as important for the diseases as the treatments. Known as the 'invisible
, I do believe bone broth can be amazing for you- and today I wanted to share some of the many actual benefits of bone broth and explain how to introduce it into your diet.
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!
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.
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!)