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After Brian Kennedy opened up about the outcome of recent cancer surgery, Leona O’Neill speaks to two men living with similar conditions who are inspired by the singer’s brave stance.
A day in the life of a person suffering with Inflammatory bowel disease: ⚫️ the fatigue - you can sleep for 12+ hours and still wake up feeling like you haven't slept. ⚫️ the constant toilet trips - the uncertainty of not knowing when you'll need to go- the blood, the mucus. ⚫️ the endless medication- a disease with no cure can only be managed with medication or surgery- even after surgery it's not always plain sailing. ⚫️ A surpressed immune system - catching everything going and being unable to fight it off. ⚫️ the anxiety - where's the nearest toilet? Am I going to make it on time? Will I have an accident? ⚫️ the impact on your mental health - those 'why me' moments? The constant pain getting to you. Struggling to want to carry on. ⚫️ the cramps - the never ending pain- trying to paint on a smile and do your best. ⚫️ the weight loss/gain - medications vary with their side effects but if you're unwell and not absorbing anything you will lose weight- on the flip side we can gain weight quickly too. (Damn those steroids) ⚫️ the constant comments- 'Well you don't look ill' 'oh my aunties sisters cat had that and now she's cured' none of these helpful - it's hard enough fighting illness we shouldn't have to explain ourselves or be judged just because you can't see it. ⚫️ the pressure to 'be normal' to be that normal work colleague- to not have to take time off. We're doing our best and that's all we can do. We fight every single day to maintain some sort of normality and not let these diseases beat us. Keep fighting 💜 ... See more
The more we talk about bowel problems, the less stigma there will be around them, and hopefully more people will feel brave enough to seek help instead of suffering in silence.
Don't be embarrassed or ashamed of your bowel problems.
A Penzance woman who was horrified to discover the suicide of a 10-year-old in America recently embarked on a global mission to educate the world that people living with stomas don’t smell and are no different to anybody else. The wonderful Annie Jenkins named one of Cornwall’s most inspirational women. Alongside fellow ostomate Zoey Wright. Cornwall Live ... See more
They range from campaigners to cancer survivors and entrepreneurs
They all look beautiful.
"You are not a size, you are not a weight, you are not a colour, you are not an age, you are not an image, you are not a disability, you are not your health, you are not weak, you are not a advert, you are not stupid, you are not a trophy, you are not your insecurities, you are a you and you are simply beautiful... We may not have many bowels between us, we may not have our health, we may have many scars, we may have our demons but together we stand proud" 3 wonderful ladies with ostomies raising awareness of IBD & ostomies. Sarah Anderson Lydia Charlotte Andrew Bethany Alice ... See more
Go Annie 🙌🏻💜
A WOMAN is determined to prove colostomy bags don’t smell after a ten-year-old boy in America was driven to suicide by bullies. Annie Jenkins, 30, was horrified to discover Kentucky schoolboy…
He said: 'Crohn’s doesn't affect me, it’s a part of who I am but I have it under control so on a day to day basis.'
“I saw the devastating news about a 10-year-old boy taking his own life in America because of bullying about his stoma. I have a 10-year-old son and this really got to me, I can’t even begin to imagine what his parents are feeling.” Annie Jenkins 💜 ... See more
Annie Jenkins said she chose to upload the pictures after she learned of a 10-year-old boy taking his own life after being bullied about his stoma