How it all began.

My journey with Ulcerative Colitis started in June/July 2016. My first symptoms were bloating and a general feeling that something wasn’t right. That was quickly followed by blood in my stool. I tried to ignore it and thought it would go away. A month of trying to hid it, I went to a GP. I […]

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Interview with Zanna van Dijk.

Zanna van Dijk is a content creator and co-founder of Stay Wild Swim. In January 2019, Zanna was rushed into hospital with extreme stomach pains. In the middle of paradise, she was supposed to be on the trip of a lifetime, but was rushed to hospital to have emergency bowel surgery. I interviewed her about […]

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Interview with Oliver Kaye from The Kid with a Bag.

Oliver was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in January 2020, aged just 16. Six months later (June 2020) he had surgery and a stoma fitted. I interviewed Oliver about his experience with UC, a stoma and having the “shit hit the fan” at the peak of COVID-19. 

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Guest Blogging Series: Molly reveals what IBD has taught her.

Molly was diagnosed with Crohn’s age 12. She took 4 years out of school due to poor health, but miraculously I re-joined her year group just in time to do my GCSE’s. Enabling her to progress to college. She became particularly unwell again in college. Having to extend her studies to 3 years, instead of […]

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Guest Blogging Series: Hannah speaks of her experience with Crohn’s Disease. From being diagnosed in a time when doctors found her condition “interesting,” to dealing with a flare in a pandemic.

London hadn’t hosted an Olympic Games. Uber didn’t exist. Infliximab was just as hard to get as loo roll in a COVID pandemic. That was the last time I needed treatment for Crohn’s. Now 10 years on, I’m experiencing my first flare as “a proper grown up”. Pretty tricky when you’ve fallen through the healthcare […]

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My Tips for Managing Fatigue.

Fatigue is normal for someone with Crohn’s or colitis; 1 in 3 with IBD will experience it at some point. Fatigue isn’t like normal tiredness. Some days, getting out of bed can feel like you’ve been on a 5k. You can even start the day like Tigger and end it feeling like Eeyore. It impacts […]

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