Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Your IBD Stories - Lorraine Hepburn


Name:
Lorraine Hepburn


What year were you diagnosed and with which form of IBD?
Diagnosed with UC in 2013.


Have you identified anything that triggers you, and if so what?
Stress is a massive trigger for me. I try and stick to a low residue diet now because if I don't I seem to be always on steroids and flaring.


Highlight an invisible symptom of Inflammatory Bowel Disease which you feel affects you:
The fatigue.. no one can see it so from the outside I look fine. All the while I am exhausted but because I have managed to cover up with make up people think I am ok.


Name one thing you feel like you’ve learnt or gained since having Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
I've learned that I am not alone and it is something I can't cure and something that is now a part of me so not to feel embarrassed. I've also gained the help and support from so many people who are in the same situation.


What makes you an #IBDSuperHero?
I don't think I am a superhero, I wake up each day and I feel sad, other days I wake up and I feel to exhausted to feel anything. What keeps me going is there are people who are in worst situations than me so for that I am grateful for my life.

Raise awareness this Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week with #IBDSuperHeroes!


I'm sure you're all aware by now that Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week is almost here!

December 1st - 7th is the perfect opportunity to take to social media in a bid to educate the masses!

We have a few resources ready & waiting to help you in your awareness raising mission!

Firstly, the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness WeekTwibbon which you can add to your social media profiles by clicking here!



Secondly, our Facebook header which you can find here!



We will be highlighting symptoms of IBD all week on the #IBDSuperHeroes blogFacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterest & Google+, so do look out for those & give them a share! We will also be sharing some of your IBD stories each day from the blog & would love to share your personal stories that you are sharing throughout the week on social media, so if you include the hashtag #1WeekOfIBD in your posts on any of the above social media platforms then we will find them (if they are public) & share them!

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Happy awareness raising!!

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#IBDSuperHeroes xoxox

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Together we are stronger.  Together we can fight harder.
Together – we CAN be HEROES!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Your IBD Stories - Lisa Fields


Name:

Lisa Fields


What year were you diagnosed and with which form of IBD?I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease (after years of being misdiagnosed with many other things including IBS) in February 2005.

Have you identified anything that triggers you, and if so what? Stress, cheese especially goats cheese or soft cheese (most times but not all the time as I can still have pizza!), some vegetables but only if I’m feeling delicate. I’m very lucky as I can tolerate most veg but I know when my body prefers no veg at all and just wants carbs instead.

Highlight an invisible symptom of Inflammatory Bowel Disease which you feel affects you: 
FATIGUE (I’m so so tired today)


Name one thing you feel like you’ve learnt or gained since having Inflammatory Bowel Disease: 
I’ve learned in the last few years how bad it can get for some people and how lucky I’ve been. I still have my bad days but overall I can live life normally but with a few tweaks (and a loo nearby). And I’ve gained some friends too.


What makes you an #IBDSuperHero?
In 2005 I had to have emergency surgery (resection) less than 4 months after my diagnosis and it was a big operation. The surgeon said afterwards that it was the worst case they’d seen that year. But I survived! I have a 6 inch scar to remind me but I’m still here and mostly I’m ok. 2 weeks after my surgery I went to my engagement party and I married my hubby Elliott in 2006.