chronic illness

  • Coming out of IBD Remission

    Iโ€™ve had a lot of time – a decade – to think about remission.  When my doctors said remission to me back in 2012 – I was less than a year into my official IBD journey – and I honestly thought โ€œgreat, that’ll make things easier! Welcome back to normal life!โ€  I feel pretty foolish now because nothing about remission then was easy. It was harder than flaring because I…

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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 to the patient. Why you might have one and the benefits This procedure can be…

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  • Life Lately | What Exactly is Going On?

    I always get nervous … because I always wonder if I should or could go without my medication. It is not a matter of fighting for the funding like it has been before, but its more about how my body and disease will cope without medication. It is a catch 22 situation of whether I would be better off without it as it could be deemed unnecessary as I am…

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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 – it isn’t such a great thing in the realm of healthcare and chronic illness.…

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