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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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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#NotAskingForIt.

TW: Some may find what I’ve discussed in this post triggering. I started sharing my journey on social media five months after my diagnosis. Pre-IBD, my Instagram was a toxic underbelly of peached bums, abs and diet fads. I used it as a tool for self-hatred; wishing I could be taller, fitter and slimmer. I […]

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The Mental Side of a Physical Illness: Collaboration with This Talk.

This is a freelance piece I wrote for This Talk. Below I discuss the mental implications of a physical illness.     Hello, I’m Billie. I’m 23 and I poo into a bag! Three years ago I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis; a chronic autoimmune condition that affects the large intestine. In a matter of […]

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Self *Inflicted* Isolation.

Last week the UK government extended the lockdown by another three weeks. For most of us, being stuck indoors without any idea of when life will resume, isn’t normal. However, for those with a chronic illness this can be all too familiar. Imagine you’re in lockdown – but just you. You can’t leave the house. […]

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The COVID-19 Effect.

I think it’s safe to say, COVID-19 has effected us all. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t talk about Corona-the-virus instead of Corona-the-beer. When it all started I had no idea a virus could disrupt the world this much. And even us Brits have forgotten what Brexit feels like. Who knows when flour will be […]

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Today I Do Not Have My Sh*t Together.

Let me paint you a picture.     I’m sat on the 7.15am train on my way to work with a hundred other rats in the race; packed like sardines into an 8 carriage train; with poo on my stomach and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m trying not to act weird but it’s […]

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A Necessary Evil.

When my gastroenterologist said she needed to stick tubes down my throat and up my butt, I wasn’t exactly overjoyed. Over the years I haven’t had a good relationship with scopes. I’ve had:  1 colonoscopy; where they look at the whole colon.  Countless sigmoidoscopies. This is a mini-colonoscopy, where the doctors look at the left part […]

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