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The Digestive System: Part II

How does having IBD effect the Digestive System? Firstly, what is IBD? Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an umbrella term for the long term and sometimes chronic digestive conditions in which the intestine become inflamed. The main two types are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Whilst both affect the digestive tract, they do so differently. So, what is Crohn’s disease and what makes it different to Ulcerative Colitis? Crohn’s disease is where there is inflammation (redness and swelling) in any part of the digestive tractfrom the mouth to the anus. It usually affects the last part of the small or large bowel. Ulcerative colitis only…

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The Digestive System: Part I

What exactly is the ‘Digestive System’? When we say ‘digestive system‘ we are referring to the system within our body which helps us process food. Included this system is the gastrointestinal (GI) tract along with the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. The GI – or Digestive – Tract consists of a series of hollow organs which connect to a long, twisting hollow tube from the mouth to anus. These organs are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus. The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are the solid organs of the digestive system. The small intestines consist of three parts –…

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2019 Goals

At the end of 2017, I was recovering from a low blow my health dealt me a couple of months previous and wrote this about my goals for 2018. And whilst I am still a goal orientated and goal driven person, I know that ‘goals’ don’t always fall nicely into a calendar year, nor do they always feel complete. With this in mind, I reflect on 2018 with some closure but also some wistfulness. Could I have done more this year? Could I have been easier on myself? How does this help me going forward? So as 2018  now draws…

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Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 7th: Not All Superheroes …

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across  my strength”  Somewhat of a cliche now, but it’s a cliche because it’s true. I was diagnosed at 23 when I knew nothing about anything. Sure, I had graduated university, lived away from home, lived in a foreign country; but I knew nothing about who I was or what I wanted from my life. Do not get me wrong, I did not want a chronic illness but sometimes, life has a funny way of chucking things at you.…

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Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 6th: Surgery – Treatment Option …

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek I went through all medical options before I turned to surgery to help my IBD. Some days I wonder if I left it too long or was it just right? Some days I wonder what would have happened if I had gone for the clinical trial instead of the resection. But then I remember the life I was living prior to surgery. About how I was loosing weight, I was in pain every time I ate and I could not stop sleeping. Then the bleeding happened and I knew surgery was…

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