all posts from the wego heatlh’s Health Activist Writers Month Challenges

Day Twenty Eight – 5 Challenges & 5 Small Victories

5 Challenges & 5 Small Victories. Make a list of the 5 most difficult parts of your health focus. Make another top 5 list for the little, good things (small victories) that keep you going. Five Challenges: Bowel Prep – for colonoscopies and MRI scans. Pain Uncertainly of flare ups – they always happen at the most inconvenient times; when you’ve just got used to a set of challenges or before an important adventure. People’s judgement of the ostomy bag. Maintaining relationships, friendships and family ties whilst unwell. Five Small Victories: Advocates. They are awesome people who get what you’re going…


Day Twenty Seven – Sunday Selfie!

Sunday Selfie: Post your favorite picture of yourself. Don’t be shy, it’s time to shine!    Hello! This is from the weekend, whilst we were away in Falmouth in Cornwall. I’m at that stage where my weight is stable and you can see abit of a sparkle in my eyes. I haven’t got any hair falling out, my eyes aren’t sunken and I finally fit into more of my normal clothes.


Day Twenty Six – “Care Page”

Time to use all your knowledge and experience as an HA! Create a “Care Page” for newly diagnosed patients. Pull together 5 of your own blogs that could help a newly diagnosed patient and include 5 external resources you find helpful.  So, I went through my diagnosis in September 2011 so here are some of my stronger “not-everyone-will-go-through-this-but-it-struck-me-pretty-hard” emotional posts from that period. http://youngcrohns.co.uk/crohns/you-know-being-in-hospital-was-the-simple-part/  (Oct 27th 2011)   http://youngcrohns.co.uk/counselling/strength/ (Jan 1st 2012)   http://youngcrohns.co.uk/crohns/sat-in-my-bed-silently-crying-i-want-to-stop/ (Jan 2nd 2012) http://youngcrohns.co.uk/anti-tnf/today-has-been-a-rough-day-nothing-major-has/ (Jan 6th 2012) http://youngcrohns.co.uk/crohns/vitals/ (Jan 19th 2012) Some good external resources for those who have been newly or recently diagnosed with IBD: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-inflammatory-bowel-disease/publications –…


Day Twenty Four – Health Focus Images

Choose 3 images that represent your health focus.  Share the images in a post and explain why you chose each of them. It might be an unwinnable battle but I would love to be without these medications to help me through the day. Since my ostomy surgery, I don’t take painkillers or any regular medications, except for having my Vedolizumab at the hospital. Moving towards becoming less dependent on medication is going to be my goal and challenge for 2017. Lets see if my body can tolerate it.   I put makeup on. I do my hair. I dress well.…


Day Twenty One – Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation: What’s your life slogan? Explain what words or mantra that keep you going and why.   “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” – survival “You’ve got to be a beginner before you can be anything else” – my ostomy journey “Every big success is a collection of small failures” – getting back to work and finding myself   Just three of the things I find to give me comfort. What isn’t normal for everyone else, has become quite normal and usual for me. And I’ve gone through a lot of things I never thought I would in the…


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