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Sam’s Story

Sam’s Story

My story so far…… Growing up I was aware of Crohn’s Disease, as my mum suffered with it. I remember the hospital visits and the rushing to the toilet. A simple shopping trip would always end with her needing to find the toilet urgently. Fast forward to 2002, I was...

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Learn how to deal with emotions after stoma surgery

Learn how to deal with emotions after stoma surgery

Your emotions after stoma surgery can be very intense. That’s partly because the changes to your body are sudden and significant. Getting through the first few weeks and months following surgery can be tough. Take heart in knowing that it is possible to cope with...

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Crohn’s and Colitis Stats

Crohn’s and Colitis Stats

In April, The IBD UK new report was published, and its findings were stark. It’s taking too long for people with Crohn’s and Colitis to be diagnosed - and they are not receiving the information and support they need. Find out more here You can also download the report...

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IBD Beauty and the Bag

IBD Beauty and the Bag

One of the hardest things about living with IBD is you never know how you are going to feel when you wake up in the morning. Some days you can take on the world and others just getting out of bed is a task but a positive mindset will always give you the strength to...

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World IBD Day

World IBD Day

W O R L D  I B D  D A Y Living with IBD can be a really lonely world and unless you are living with it day in day out, can be hard to understand. One day I’m taking on the world and the next I’m just trying to make it through the day, despite always being super busy....

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Empowering you to own your journey

Empowering you to own your journey

This week we have officially launched our campaign @ibd_beauty_and_the_bag to inspire and empower body confidence after bowel surgery. It's not something that is talked about enough and it's a very real feeling. At just 24 years old I had to learn to adapt to a new...

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Foods to avoid

Foods to avoid

Avoid Skin on potato/apples, Sweet corn, Processed meats, Tough meats, Deep fried foods, Lettuce, Raw veg, Fatty foods, White cream sauce, Tangerines, Fresh soup recipes Sweet potato, parsnip, onion, garlic, Parsnip and ginger, Mushroom and leek, Carrot, swede and...

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Foods to include

Foods to include

Foods to include Sweet potato mash, Fresh veg blended into soup, Tuna, Salmon, Garlic, Ginger, Manuka Honey, Raspberries, Blueberries (avoid in a flare), White bread, Protein shakes

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Liquid diets for flare up’s

Liquid diets for flare up’s

Soups Sweet potato, parsnip, ginger, Carrot, swede, parsnip, Sweet potato, parsnip and carrot,   Smoothies Strawberries, coconut milk, whey protein, Strawberries, raspberries, banana, Cucumber, mint, lime, ginger,

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IBD Beauty and the Bag

IBD Beauty and the Bag

One of the hardest things about living with IBD is you never know how you are going to feel when you wake up in the morning. Some days you can take on the world and others just getting out of bed is a task but a positive mindset will always give you the strength to...

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Exercising with a Stoma

Exercising with a Stoma

Fitness and mental health well being go together and I personally find that the more muscle mass I have, the less likely I am to flare. There's no reason for you to stop exercising once you have a stoma. In fact, you now have even more of a reason to get active. Once...

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Swimming with a Stoma

Swimming with a Stoma

    Swimming is great exercise for all muscles and light weight training is great to get the blood pumping, even getting the steps in walking and taking in the fresh air outside uplifts you. Body confidence is something that I struggled with post surgery and...

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Dating with Crohn’s Disease

Dating with Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's is one part of your relationship, but not the only or most important part. You need to live your life fully, too, even if your partner feels resentment. Being sensitive is important, but it's OK to speak up and have your own needs. If your partner can't meet...

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Stoma nutrition support

Stoma nutrition support

Water with fresh sliced lemon, Green tea, Turmeric tea, Chamomile, Peppermint, Protein shakes, Foods to thicken stool, Marshmallows, Banana, Veg blended to soup, Sweets containing gelatine

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