Sunday, 3 April 2016

My illness story

This is probably the most serious and honest blog post I've ever written, but as this is a huge part of my life and I have skimmed on the issue before, so I thought it would be something to tell anyone that happens to read my blog. It's also why I've had a little break from my blog recently.

I suffer from Crohn's Disease. It's a disease that isn't spoken about too much and I want to make people aware of how much it affects others and how we can help. 


To give you a short summary, Crohn's Disease is a type of bowel disease that affects anything from the throat down to the anus and has many varied symptoms depending on the person, but some of these can be vomiting, loss of weight and appetite, abdominal pain, fatigue etc. there are sooo many symptoms that can be caused by this disease I could go on! 

It is a 'chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines' an there is no cure for this disease. It is currently affecting 115,000 people in the UK alone, 5 million worldwide. 

My story of Crohn's disease began when I was around 17 years old. I was running to the toilet with urgency after everything I ate, I was losing weight rapidly and having bad stomach pains. I was diagnosed after around a year of symptoms and by that point, I was miserable and in a lot of pain. It was one of the worst times of my life. I then struggled through my studies, got to university and in my third year of my degree, woke up one day in so much pain I had to have an emergency operation which resulted in a larger part of my intestine to be removed. This left me in hospital for a while and left me with a scar for life as well as anxiety from dealing with the disease. 

My journey through Crohn's has been both positive and negative. I wanted to write this post to share awareness that there are people like me living in the world everyday that are suffering with pain, but it not always something you see. I live in fear everyday of being in pain and at least every other day I will suffer from a certain amount of pain. This post isn't meant for people to feel sorry for me, I just wanted to let others know that this happens to people on a daily basis and to be kind to others if they look like they are having a tough day because you never know what people are going through. 

The disease has changed my life and has made me have to make adjustments. I cannot be a normal young adult - I no longer drink alcohol, I can no longer eat normal foods, I feel like I can't wear a bikini because of my scar and can't have late nights out without becoming ill.

This blog focuses on lifestyle, fashion, beauty and food, but I will occasionally touch on living with a chronic illness as I feel that it is important to raise awareness/answer questions for those who don't know about it, as well as help to give any advice I can to help others suffering if I can (although I am not saying I am in anyway an expert). Living with an illness brings its own challenges so is something I'm looking to share my experiences of with you all, which you'll be able to read about in upcoming blog posts. 

I hope you don't mind this little bit of a different blog post and I hope you'll be with me in my journey to try to create a better lifestyle for myself and others. Let's all support each other and remember everyone is fighting a personal battle. Be nice to everyone! 

For any advice on Crohn's disease, take a look here - or feel free to ask any questions!

GM xo

4 comments:

  1. Interesting to read, I'm sorry this chronic illness has become part of your life, I too was diagnosed with Crohn's.. about 10 years ago when I was 12. I wish you all the best, great post x
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    1. Thanks Emily! I hope you aren't having too many bad days! x

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  2. Crohn's is certainly a difficult chronic illness & you're right, it doesn't get much coverage! Raising awareness with more posts like this is a fantastic idea. :]

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    1. Thanks Carmen! Hopefully i'll be able to create a little more awareness! x

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