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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Hindsight is a Wonderful Thing.

  My army of doctors are amazing. I’m looked after by a surgeon and all the minions who follow him; as well as specialist stoma nurses and a gastroenterologist. But hindsight is a wonderful thing, and there have been a few details I feel I wasn’t properly informed on. This isn’t to say my troop […]

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Fertility, Pregnancy, IBD and Surgery  

I’m not a doctor but I am a woman and I feel this is something that goes beyond the doctors office. Before IBD and surgery I didn’t really see children in my life plan. I preferred the idea of sitting on a beach in the south coast of France with a glass of wine, rather […]

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Everyday Baggage.

I’m always asked if my life has changed since surgery and I immediately think: “No, it hasn’t changed at all…’’ But that’s definitely fake news; I’m missing 5 feet of intestines!  Pre-Bag the only memories I have are shrouded in a dark cloud of pain and discomfort; so living with my ostomy is leaps and […]

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