• “How does sleep affect IBD?”

    Struggling with sleep is a very common problem. So common in fact that almost one third of the UK population have insomnia – the inability to sleep at night. For those with IBD, I can only image that this proportion is higher, much higher. When I’ve been in the midst of a bad flare, I […]

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  • “How do you know when you’re flaring?”

    I’ll admit this openly, but flare-ups used to scare the heck out of me. After I was officially diagnosed in late 2011 I had several bad flare-ups back to back, which always led to me being hospitalised. Luckily, that doesn’t happen so often now, because I have become better at reading my own body’s warning […]

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  • “Will you always need check-ups for your IBD?”

    Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes but here is why: Getting diagnosed with IBD for most is a great relief. It ends the months, even years, of needing answers but them being dismissed or ignored. But diagnosis is just the first step in a lifetime of appointments, scans, procedures and consults with a specialist team […]

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  • “Does caffeine affect your IBD?”

    Where would I be without my morning cup of coffee? Probably still in bed and probably still asleep. It’s been used for decades as a popular morning beverage to get us up, awake, alert and ready for a new day. We then added it to drinks to keep us full of energy during the day, […]

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  • “Can calprotectin testing be done at home?”

    Disclaimer: The information in this post is based on knowledge from NICE and CCGs, as well as my own personal use of FCP at-home kits. All experiences given here are my own and should not be taken as medical advice. Please remember that FCP is not a definitive diagnostic test for IBD. If you require […]

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  • Assumptions About IBD & Stomas

    You know the old pearl of wisdom about assumptions don’t you? “To assume is to make an ASS out of YOU and ME.” While assumptions can be helpful in some walks and aspects of life – we plan, exercise, save, and more based on the assumption that we’ll be alive & well for the future […]

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  • “Can having IBD be painful?”

    Remember having a stomach ache as a kid. You thought it would never end and you couldn’t wait to return to eating food again. Now remember the last time you ate something and you felt a little off. Your stomach felt unsettled and you couldn’t figure out what was going to help or what was […]

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  • Ten Positives to Take from 2020

    Let’s be honest here, 2020 definitely sucked. It was universally a terrible year of loss, grief, devastating news and uncertainty. For most, that won’t have inspired alot of positives going into 2021. But, there is always hope and light in the darkest of times. What positives have come out of 2020? 1. Having a healthy […]

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  • 2021 Goals & Intentions

    Well, okay. 2020 did not happen the way anyone had expected. A global pandemic and almost a year of national lockdown? Crazy. Not only that but I had unexpected hernia surgery and a new diagnosis of diabetes. A huge amount of change, frustration and angst. But as 2020 concludes, I am thinking deeply about what […]

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