Mental Health and IBD

Mental Health Issues from IBD

Day 6 of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week I thought I would briefly touch on some mental health issues that arose from having Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Let’s face it any long term or chronic illness can get you down and affect your mood greatly; it is widely known that low mood can accentuate pain and vice versa it is definitely a vicious circle. Mental health can be a bit tricky at the best of times but throw in something like chronic illness and your mental health can take a nosedive pretty quickly. Read more

A Parent’s Memory of IBD

A Parents Memory of IBD

For day 5 of Crohn’s and Colitis awareness week I asked my mam if she would write a little bit on what it was like for her being a parent of a child with IBD. I wanted people who are also parents of children with IBD to know they aren’t alone and those of us who are the child to have an insight what it was like for our parents.  At first she found it really hard as so much of it made her angry and upset thinking about it, she seems to focus on my stay in Leeds General Infirmary which was probably when I was at my worst and surgery was first mentioned which I declined – funny how you remember things once you read someone else’s account! She remembers things differently to me and considering I not only blocked most of it out but I was on a lot of pain medication so it’s hazy anyway it isn’t surprising. Read more

Dating with IBD

Dating with IBD

Due to DBT and work day four of my Crohn’s and Colitis awareness week post is again backdated! Hopefully you all understand! Today’s post is all about how I found dating with Ulcerative Colitis; baring in mind that from the age of 10 I got poorly and by the time I started dating or being interested in boys I had had my diagnosis for 4 years which meant if people didn’t like it, it was tough shit hahaha pun totally intended! Also I do apologise for the swear to any younger people that maybe reading this post. Read more

Working whilst Chronically Sick

Working Whilst Chronically Sick

Day three of Crohn’s and Colitis week is about how I went about getting a job and trying to keep it after my diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis. If you have’t read about what it was like for me getting a diagnosis please click here. Let’s face the truth here is by the time I was 16 and had a job I didn’t really know any different as to how my life should have been without Ulcerative Colitis so I just had to get on with it because it was now how my life would be. So the next chapter in my life was coming to grips with working whilst being chronically sick. Read more

Diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis

Diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis

Day two of Crohn’s and Colitis awareness week (again backdated!) this post is all about what it was like when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and how they diagnosed it. To find out what it was like before my diagnosis please click here. Again this is something I have blocked a lot of it out as it wasn’t a particularly nice time or situation to experience. I felt like a long time to my diagnosis but after diagnosis it felt much longer trying to get into some form of remission. Read more

Before Diagnosis

Before Diagnosis

So as I write this it is actually day three of Crohn’s and Colitis awareness week but I have back dated it to show it was published on the first of December; there is a good reason for this and it is because writing about my pre diagnosis is hard. Hard for two reasons :

  1. I have blocked a hell of my preteen and teen years out
  2. I get anxiety attacks when I think back to it

They are the reasons behind why I haven’t really got anything on my blog about before my surgeries so I am using the fact it is an awareness week to do a blog post a day (even though two will be backdated) about what it was like for me living with Ulcerative Colitis. Read more