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
Since being admitted into hospital for a week in December and diagnosed I've been researching Crohn's disease. I've been looking into what it is, what symptoms you may get and really just what to expect. Firstly it's one of those expect the unexpected, everybody with Crohn's is different and unlike say with a cold, it's … Continue reading What is Crohn’s Disease?
It's such a cliche New Year New Me! and all that jazz but with everything I've been through this year I feel more strongly than ever about setting intentions for the year ahead and even setting monthly intentions to keep me on track. In this blog post I'm focusing on my intentions health wise and … Continue reading New Years Intentions – Health
For about the last 12 months I have noticed that fatigue has been a big symptom of mine, it's something that I passed off as being busy or stressed and didn't really think that it was anything other than being a modern woman. Since my diagnosis I've seen major improvements in my pain, nausea and … Continue reading Crohn’s & Fatigue