My IBD Story

Black peg board spelling my IBD story in white letters

If you follow my Facebook page or Instagram, you’ll have seen that I’ve been in the hospital after having a few health problems. I’m back at home now and wanted to share what…

I recently got diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) where your small bowel becomes inflamed. Research hasn’t figured out what exactly causes the disease yet but most people think it may be an autoimmune response whereby the body stops recognising the natural bacteria in the gut and attacks it instead. I feel like IBD is a condition people can be slightly uncomfortable speaking about due to the fact that it deals with your bowels and poo. If I’m honest, when I first got my diagnosis I felt uncomfortable talking about it.

So let me walk you through what has happened up until now. In January 2018 I found that when I went to the loo I had bright red blood in my stools. This wasn’t just a one time thing either, it kept happening, and knowing that wasn’t a good sign I decided to make an appointment with my GP. My GP referred me to the hospital, specifically the bowel clinic, for a colonoscopy and I was booked in for March.

Only… I stopped bleeding. As suddenly as it had started it had stopped. I cancelled my clinic appointment not wanting to waste anyone’s time. I mean, why go through a colonoscopy when I didn’t need it anymore, right?

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Fighting Fit: A Revelation

running shoes

I have always been an advocate for self love but sometimes it’s easier said than done. Lately I’ve been thinking about my body. A body that has seen me through 24 years. It is impressive. I have watched it fall ill and heal itself, seen it recover from a lot of physical injury and sat by as it learnt to do new things. I am proud of all each and every time it has been successful. However, I am not happy. Ever since I was young my weight has fluctuated and it has always been a sore point for me. I am not overweightbut I am lazy and I worry that it’s this laziness that will cause me problems in the future. I want to become fighting fit.

You see, I am the first person to make an excuse. It’s been a long day at work. I’ll do it on the weekend. I deserve this lie in. And so exercise and healthy eating have usually fallen to the bottom of the pile. But I had a little bit of a wake up call just over a year ago.

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