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Do You Ever Feel Like a ‘bad’ Patient?

As I’ve ‘grown into’ having IBD, I’ve taken on more of my illness by knowing more and more about it. When I was first diagnosed – almost eight years to the day ago – I just wanted to get better. I wanted my pain to stop, I wanted to eat again, I wanted to not wake up tired and I wanted to not need the toilet every ten minutes. Pain, nausea, fatigue and diarrhoea is how I describe my early months with IBD. At that stage, I didn’t know much about Crohn’s disease. I had a connection to it though –…

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IBD & Mental Health

It is normal to feel sad and anxious as you live with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). While some people may have fleeting bouts of sadness or stress relating to their IBD, it’s important to see a mental health professional if your symptoms last for several weeks or more at a time. Rates of depression are higher among patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as compared to other diseases and the general population. Anxiety is also common in IBD patients. It is important to recognise the signs that you are struggling emotionally and seek help just as you would for your physical…

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September Goals

How did August’s goals go? Here is what I set myself for the month of August: GOALS: Do my Vedolizumab diary! More on this over on my Twitter. Work on my appearance so that I feel comfortable again. Plan my SM content for all of August in ONE FAIL SWOOP – or at least, a week ahead. TASKS: Return to work and attend all my days I’m scheduled in for. Celebrate a family wedding and three birthdays. Restart my Vitamin regime to see if this aids health. Let’s recap… August was Month Five of Recovery and while it’s been uneventful with…

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August 2019

Oh. August. Stoma wise; I’ve been tracking some sore skin – yet again! – during this month, but it’s just still trucking along. However it doesn’t sting or hurt too much so I’ve been able to really get my products working for me and that keeps my bags on for a while longer. No order this month, even though my delivery company called and asked, it was very odd to not need anything! I will now need stuff for the next 6 weeks or so, by mid September. My weight has been abit up and down, so it’s been difficult…

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Mental Health: My Anxiety

Welcome to my new blog post/s on Anxiety. This post aims to provide educational information about anxiety, as well as my own experience in diagnosis, treatment and coping with daily anxieties.  Today, I will be sharing information I have gathered, sharing my own thoughts, as well as articles I’ve found useful and my own hints and tips. This is be expanded as my mental health improves.  Mental health struggles are nothing to be ashamed about. Moving away from that mentality is hard and difficult and it is not a linear journey. It has many twists and turns, as well as ups…

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