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Life Lately | Let’s Talk About… MY STUMP

** WARNING: graphic details about surgery and rectal stumps. NO PHOTOS just words ** Bear with me, this is going to get technical and emotional. Who would have thought a 30cm piece of my insides would cause me so much damn stress and pain? The Story I needed to have another surgery in August 2016 – my subtotal colectomy – after I discovered just how inflamed and damaged my colon was. I mourned the loss of my colon with a positive and happy attitude – stoma life would be different but it would be better, I knew it – but…

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Side Effects of Medication: When to Call it Quits

“I want you to start taking this” he says, gesturing to the patient leaflet before me, whilst he writes a script “and to understand the risks we have go through today. I think at present, this is going to be of most benefit and we shall review in 3 months time” How many of us have had this conversation with our consultant or member of our IBD team? I’ve had countless appointments and telephone consultations, even emails; where we have discussed new medication that would be of benefit to me, as the patient, to help reduce or elevate the current symptoms…

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IBD Basics: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Antibiotics

What are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are made up of carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. They exist purely as food for the probiotic bacteria that you’re putting into your body. The use of prebiotics and probiotics together is called microbiome therapy. You don’t need to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work, but taking them might make your probiotics more effective. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts promoted as having various health benefits. They are thought to help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut (including your stomach and intestines) when it’s been disrupted by an illness or…

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The What and Why: Calcium

What is Calcium? Calcium is vital mineral, it is important for the health of your teeth and bones. 99% of the calcium in your body is stored there; but calcium also helps the heart, brain, nerves, and muscles, and helps blood clot among other things. Most people are not aware of how they feel when they don’t have enough calcium. Calcium is so important for keeping your heart beating and your brain going that when we don’t have enough in our diets, the body takes it from our bones. You may not realise your deficient until it’s reached a dangerous…

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Looking Back… and Looking Forward

Inspired by Emma over at Quite Gusty – here is her original post. Follow her on Twitter here! 2018 has sped past and it’s sometimes hard to believe we are ending the final months of the year. But in the same breath, it feels like it has been around for absolutely ages too. When you battle a chronic illness, it’s a blur of things happening – both good and bad – coupled with the drag of waiting around for things to happen – results to come in, appointments to come through, circumstances to change; even slightly. You live in hope of…

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