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Dealing with the Dark Cloud of Depression While Taking on …

No one feels their best when they are unwell, and this is no different for those with chronic illness. There is an ebb and flow to anything chronic – meaning there are good and bad days – but what happens when your bad days outweigh your good days? I hit rock bottom six months into my IBD diagnosis. I struggled to find a treatment plan that worked. This involved months of being in and out of hospital. I tried very hard to be positive, but I was sinking. I refused help, I didn’t want to talk about it and I…

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Why Share, Why Blog?

Living with an invisible illness is tough and most often we endure silent battles; we may look well on the outside but inside we are suffering. For some, sharing their experiences and stories is tough. I get this – it is personal, private and at times overwhelming. Wanting to share and talk takes courage and it opens you up to being more vulnerable. It opens you up to judgement and discussions; sometimes it’s something we do not want to have to deal with. I have always enjoyed writing. Since my school days, I’ve found writing a therapeutic experience. I never…

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“I had to mature”

“I had to mature. I gained that ability to recognise what was REALLY important.” – Me, 23.10.16   There is nothing more scary, awful and plain inconvenient than being chronically ill. But, those people who are, are the best people I know. They have this amazing ability to see good in what hell they are going through. They smile when they are in pain, they celebrate the small victories they make over their body. They fight and struggle through the worse times. They are, in my eyes, amazing. I am in complete awe of them. I say this because, I too…

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“What is a Stoma, if it Saves Your Life?”

I remember being in the first year of learning how to cope with my Crohn’s Disease – a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – and I met fellow IBDers who had stomas. They spoke about how they had come to have their ostomy surgery; how terribly awful things had become to get to that stage, but how much better life was because of it. Despite that, I panicked. Nope. Not going to ever let my disease get that bad, that is disgusting! I’ll try everything before I let anyone cut me open, stoma or no stoma..! I was a naïve…

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Something New and Exciting!

For a while now, whilst I’ve been off out enjoying my “normal” lifestyle for the past month or so, I’ve been thinking about offering up my blog to other Crohnies and Collies alike, to share topics, information and general thoughts. Here is the first, I hope, of many to come. From the wonderful and amazingly encouraging and witty Stephen, also known as @scdempster1, the writer of his own blog: www.sdempster.com “Guest blog posts can be scary things. What to write about? Will it be good enough for someone else’s blog? Will people love it or hate it? And why do…

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