“Hello.. (Pt. II)

To continue on from my last post about friendships and Crohn’s, this post shall look at discussing Crohn’s with friends; old and new, and how to help acquaintances ‘understand’ your condition. “What exactly is Crohn’s disease?” My friend Gemma asked me, when we first met for coffee, in November last year. I was about a week out of hospital and just about to start Humira. She was the only female friend I had let see me whilst in hospital, the only one to keep bugging me and to keep in contact with me whilst I was gloomy and dull. “It’s…

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“Hello..

.. My name is Louise and I have Crohn’s Disease.” As an ongoing topic on this blog, I will be writing about and sharing my experiences when it comes to friendships and revealing your Crohns disease and how to talk about it. As a recently new sufferer, I’ve had to overcome some fears and open my eyes to some realisations when it comes to friendships. I hope what I discuss helps anyone going through a rough patch when it comes to friends and support. It’s been a while since I had to introduce myself to anyone. I’ve been surrounded by…

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“I’m in repair.. I’m not together, but I’m getting there.” This is a post inspired by the loving words of support, the banter and the joy I get from my IBD Twitter family. They are awesome, every single one of them. Since having them all in my life for only the past 5 months, I wonder how I ever coped without them. It is safe to say, with some certainly, that I would be a messier mess if I hadn’t got them around me. And on Saturday I get to meet some more of them face to face. I am…

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Day Seventeen – Learnt the Hard Way

Learnt the hard way. What’s a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 today. Sometimes, people are just arseholes. I learnt this a particularly hard way at New Years, and pretty much every couple weeks since, but I have been strong enough to just leave it be, nowadays. My friend N came to see me when I was last sick in hospital, back in November. He showed concern and brought lovely treats for me; all in all a good visit and a good friend. I got to  New Years and I was finally up for going…

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Ron: One person couldn’t feel all that, they’d explode! Hermione: Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon.. A classic Potter quote. Very apt. I wonder sometimes how much I must look like a Crohnie. Then, as soon as the thought has escaped into my consciousness, I laugh. How stupid! I can’t look like something, especially with an invisible condition. And I’ve met and know other Crohnies, we don’t think or look or sound any different to anyone else. I wonder then about my emotional capabilities to deal with my condition. I wonder if it is like a…

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