• Awareness Week – Change in Appearance

    Part of #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek My appearance is something that changes quite often with my Crohns disease. Whether it be weight gain – either much needed or just subsequent – or weight loss, my body has not looked consistently the same for years. Even within a year, I can dramatically lose weight or gain it, it depends […]

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  • “What does fatigue feel like?”

    What exactly is fatigue? fatigue | noun 1. extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. We all experience tiredness at times, which can be relieved by sleep and rest. Fatigue is when the tiredness is often overwhelming and isn’t relieved by sleep and rest. There are three types of fatigue: transient, cumulative, and […]

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  • Examinations Under Anaesthesia

    THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY What exactly is a Examination Under Anaesthesia? This is a surgical examination under general or spinal anaesthesia, also known as a EUA. Due to the location of a particular area that requires a deeper look, a surgeon will usually advocate for this procedure to minimise pain and discomfort […]

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  • #2021HOMESTRETCH

    The last 10 weeks of the year, time to set 5 goals for those weeks. This is very similar to the #100daysgoals movement, in which you find realistic and actionable goals for the final stretch of the calendar year. I last did this as a ‘proper’ blog post back in 2018 – which you can […]

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  • IBD Questions to Ask On or After Diagnosis Day

    There are so many different paths to an IBD diagnosis. Some people will find out through a length period of feeling unwell and under going several tests. Some people will find out after a few weeks of being severely unwell. Some will find out suddenly, through an emergency admission to hospital or requiring emergent surgery. […]

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  • Ten Year Crohns-versary

    I sit here writing this a few weeks before the date of diagnosis with IBD because the emotions around August always get me thinking about September 7th. I let myself really go back to that time, fill my mind with memories and remember all the firsts I had in those first six months. I remember […]

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  • “Does consuming alcohol affect IBD?”

    Hands up, who likes a drink to help them unwind at the end of a trying day or week, or to celebrate milestone moments? Sometimes society can revolve around the pub (or at least it did, pre-pandemic) or going out for a cheeky drink or two. But what happens when you have a chronic illness […]

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  • “Why do you need B12 injections?”

    I frequently get asked about my need to have regular top-ups of B12, via injection with my GP practice. As a result of my first IBD surgery back in 2016, I require B12 injections due to deficiency. Before I get into my own situation – the hows and whys – let’s answer some common B12 […]

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  • Chronic Illness Admin

    It takes a mammoth amount of energy, time and effort to organise chronic illness life. Throughout all my years with IBD it has been a barrage of appointments, procedures, medications and conversations about my health. It’s sort of why I started writing my blog because I was forgetful – medication side effect and just being […]

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