As part of Crohn’s Awareness Week, we wanted to shed some light on the 300,000+ people in the UK who have Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of IBD. In support of this we also wanted to highlight and share some fantastic bloggers who talk about what it feels like to live with their daily struggles. – Jenna from A Balanced Belly has had Crohn’s Disease since 2013 and shares her experiences and resources for both IBD and other digestive conditions – including living with allergies, intolerances and Coeliac Disease. Jenna also gives great advice on everything from medication to diet to exercise, anxiety and fatigue. – Alexa from Boston is on a mission to help her readers feel better and eat well. Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease was the ‘worst thing’ says Alexa, then the ‘hardest’, then ‘sort of-almost-amazing’ thing that ever happened to her. Alexa’s blog readers can learn how important of a role food plays in in support of their health. – “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” says 30 year old Rachel who lives with 2 stoma bags; an ilesotomy and a urostomy. Her aim is to spread as much awareness of Urostomy’s and to highlight that not all stomas are due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) but other factors too! Her blog screams: ‘We must all unite together and remember: “We may be rare but we’ve got roar!“ – Louise has Crohn’s Disease, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and a permanent ileostomy. After many hospital admissions, Louise wants to share her story and tell the truth about everything she struggles with when it comes to living with a chronic illness and having an ostomy. – Former TV news anchor, Natalie from St. Louis, is an an advocate for those battling inflammatory bowel disease. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in July 2005, her blog covers everything from overcoming struggles to celebrating small victories.  – Collin Wong started his blog as a way of sharing an Asian American perspective on IBD. Writing posts about complexities of remission, to the anatomy of the ostomy, Collin’s insightful blog is not one to be underestimated. – Describing herself as the face of “Invisible Illness”, Kelly Crabb wants to help others struggling with illness, disease & the purgatory of Undiagnosis know “I see you” to give others insight what invisible illness looks like. – A lover of coffee, politics, football and her family, Brooke is a mom living with a chronic ulcerative colitis. Her colourful blog is for all of the mommies around the world to come together to laugh, cry, share, vent and learn without obligation, stress or judgement. – As the name suggests, Marya is a mom helping to share practical self care tips and encouragement to help you live your best life with chronic illness. Determined to live life to the fullest and find joy in each day no matter what her pain levels might be, Marya says to ‘Live, love and thrive one day at a time!’ – Like many people, Angela was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at a very young age but believes first and foremost that she is a dreamer and anything is possible, ‘given enough grit.’ Despite her struggles, Angela’s series of posts prove incredibly helpful for those on the same journey as her.




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