Before being diagnosed with Crohn's disease I suffered with bowel and digestive issues for many years. I got fobbed off by the Dr's with IBS as my symptoms didn't really get severe until the second half of 2018. It's the all too true story where you have to literally be on the verge of surgery … Continue reading Fad Diets I’ve Tried – Plant Based, Paleo, Gluten Free & Low FODMAP
When I got diagnosed with Crohn's disease I had been suffering with what I had thought was a severe Endometriosis flare up. For a year I had severe abdominal pain, bowel issues, fatigue and stomach problems. I got diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2018 following a weeks stay in hospital. I was severely unwell … Continue reading Endometriosis Periods & Crohn’s – Monthly Mini Flare Ups
Before entering the world of inflammatory bowel disease I had always thought that colonoscopies were reserved for the older generation, a much needed test to ensure that nothing sinister was going on in your colon. Within a few days of being told I had IBD I was advised I'd need to have a colonoscopy and … Continue reading My First Colonoscopy Experience
When living with a chronic illness it is so important to listen to your body and not overdo it, listening to your body is the difference between being able to live a full life and constantly managing painful symptoms
7 common symptoms of Crohn's disease - I wish I had read up on these in the 6-9 months of symptoms I had before being diagnosed.
I also really enjoy dressing up smarter and feeling good about myself with a new outfit, why should I not feel great in what I'm wearing just because I have a chronic illness. What I do find though is that some days, some outfits just aren't going to cut it whether I'm bloated, in pain or having one of my amazing hot one minute freezing the next days.
I wanted to write this not because I can actually give any advice on it right now but more as a way to firstly accept the issue I currently have and secondly to come back and read when I find myself doing it. I am addicted to being busy, and I don't mean socially as I'm a bit of a hermit but just always needing to be doing something productive. Even right now I'm sat down in front of the TV under a blanket and I can't help but get my laptop out and write a blog post.
We've all been there many times, you wake up your whole body aches, your stomach is at a 7/10 on the pain scale, bathroom urgency, nausea and extreme fatigue. I'm at a stage where I have really good days and really bad days with not much in between. I try my absolute best to still function on my bad days but sometimes it's just not happening. After suffering for many years with endometriosis and now the addition of Crohn's I've got my own bad day routine which definitely helps to make the days better.
I'll start this with a disclaimer, I have based the below on my current level of health which includes usually about 50% of the week good where I function as a semi normal human being and 50% of the week bad where I barely get up off the sofa and probably don't brush my hair. … Continue reading 10 Hobbies / Activities if you’ve got a Chronic Illness
Unexpected news can throw your emotions into a loop and being diagnosed with a chronic health condition was definitely unexpected for me. Sure I got diagnosed with endometriosis 3 years ago but I always suspected that I had some issue gynaecologically as my periods had been a nightmare from day dot. Being diagnosed with Crohn's … Continue reading Mental Health – Being Diagnosed with Crohn’s