Welcome to YoungCrohns: Adventures with a Chronic Illness.
I’m Louise; a passionate advocate and patient of IBD as well as loving coffee, a good face mask and Mac & cheese.
I love sharing my tales and stories of living life with Crohn’s disease and a permeant ileostomy.
This section is dedicated to my own experiences as a patient throughout my almost decade with a chronic illness.
You’ll also find my writings on the subject of advocacy and awareness raising.
Diagnosis of a chronic illness is just the begining of a life long struggle with acceptance and a certain loss of idenity. Photo by Marcelo Leal on Unsplash I remember sitting in that doctor’s office being diagnosed with PCOS at seventeen not knowing what any of this meant. Why would I need to consider my reproduction when I was this young? I naively assumed I could just forget about it all as I chose not to have children. Fast forward five years to being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease - something I watched someone I loved struggle to combat and deal with without major issues - and I felt overwhelmed. Partial down to the proximity it has once had to me and the magnitude of something I know would infect all aspects of my life. However, it had already started to do that; I had lost weight, I had lost friends and confidence, I was a shell of who I was. I had a digestive disorder that I thought at the time made me unlovable and unworthy. I felt like a number, … [Read More...] about Chronic Illness & Guilt