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I am an inspiration! I’m a finalist in the #BiBs2018 awards “Inspire” category so it must be true! You can continue to read why I would love for you to vote for me or you can just do it by clicking HERE! Category number 5 – Inspire When I started my blog about 2 years ago it wasn’t intended to be inspirational I started it because I like to make people laugh and, although I was diagnosed with Crohn’s 4 years previously and had many (many, many) subsequent operations, the disease had behaved itself for a while. Originally I wrote about having a baby andRead More →

No really? What has the NHS ever done for you? I mean, let’s start with your birth, I suspect your mother had access to a GP, maybe midwife. You were likely born in a hospital and even if you weren’t I would guess that a medical professional was at the birth. Then you were likely immunised You might have had illnesses treated by a GP, you probably needed a prescription which was collected from the chemist. If you were anything like me, or my children, you  might have fallen off your bike, or down the stairs or any number of other incidents that would haveRead More →

Crohn’s often pops up in the news these days, which is great for highlighting the disease. More and more celebrities are being open about living with the disease and the side effects of the medication, which is not easy given the common misconceptions attached to Crohn’s. I was diagnosed almost 6 years ago and have written several posts about it here. I try to be as open about it as possible, there is no point in writing about it and not being honest. With that in mind here is a list of things Crohn’s sufferers (or me, at least) wish you knew: 1. Crohn’s isRead More →

You may have already read my accounts of living with Crohn’s if not you can find them collectively here. In light of the fact that Crohn’s is back in the news again today, thanks to Dynamo, I spoke to my mum and my partner, Vince, this morning and suggested that they might like to put their experiences down. We often hear from the person with the disease but not their family. My mum clearly took it seriously as this popped into my inbox before lunchtime! Erica has written an account of her experiences having been diagnosed and living with Crohn’s disease over the last few yearsRead More →

“You don’t look ill”, “Aren’t people with Crohn’s skinny?”, “All you need to do is stop eating xyz and you’ll get better”, “Have you tried Aloe Vera/Juice Plus/Forever Living?” All things I have heard in the few years since I was diagnosed.  All are frankly bollocks.  No, if I wear make-up I look reasonable. No I’m not skinny but I still shit more in the first hour I wake than than most people do in a week – or two.  No, not everyone has trigger foods (although many do, they’re probably thinking of coeliac or IBS).  And NO I am not trying your multilevel marketingRead More →