Grab a cuppa and get comfy, this is going to be a long one.
My name is Louise, I am in my early thirties and I have lived with Crohn’s disease since I was 23, almost ten years ago.
This website is my own personal journey of navigating life with a chronic illness. It began one desperate day on my first hospital admission after I was diagnosed. I was scared, alone and vulnerable. I had so many feelings and thoughts about just how much my life was not my own, I took control my writing. By venting my emotions into words and onto a screen. Typing eased the pain I was feeling, and it continues to do that, every single time. It’s why I come back.
I also come back because I love sharing my knowledge and experiences. I write passionately about medical aspects of my disease, my mental health, stoma life and quite alot in between. It is part medical journey – full of twists and turns (all real, I assure you!) and part journal – heartfelt, honest and true.
For ease, I’ve written about my diagnosis and the years up to my stoma surgery in 2016 on the left, and the years since, fall into the right.
No doubt in time, this will expand as my journey continues, as it inevitable does.
Read more about my two stories below: