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Helen
31-07-2014 16:55
Sending all of you who are having a rough time at the moment a gentle hug xx

Sally
31-07-2014 16:31
Very big GET WELL wishes and hugs sent to Dan Thumbs up

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23-07-2014 19:48
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23-07-2014 19:00
Shock that smiley is too energetic for me....I'm tired just looking at a Mexican wave Wink

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22-07-2014 17:22
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Welcome

Welcome to Crohn's Zone, the support community for people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.crohn

Crohn's Zone is a friendly interactive forum based community for people all over the world with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Membership our Crohn's forums is free, and will enable you to post on our Crohn's and colitis support message boards, add your favourite Crohn's and colitis weblinks, contribute your personal Crohn's and colitis stories and make comments on articles posted by other members. We also have regular Crohn's, colitis and ostomy chats in our webcam chatrooms where you can meet others and chat about life with IBD or an ostomy.

Crohn's Zone contains a mixture of factual IBD information and personal IBD stories contributed by our members. Our emphasis is on sharing mutual support and affirming that life with Crohn's or colitis can be positive.

Learning to live positively with IBD

Crohn's and colitis are two similar, but separate, conditions of the bowelthat are commonly referred to as inflammatory bowel diseases [IBD].

Both conditions cause painful inflammation and ulceration of the digestive tract. Crohn's inflammation can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus, and colitis is confined to the large bowel (colon)and rectum.

The symptoms can be very isolating and debiliatating for an IBD sufferer, and include painful abdominal cramping, weight loss, malnutrition, chronic diarrhoea, nausea and fatigue. Treatment can include long-term, strong medications and in some cases surgery. Sufferers can find that IBD and its associated symptoms has a great impact on their confidence and emotional outlook.

Beyond Surgery
Surgery

Hi my name is Rita, on the outside I look like a normal middle aged mum and house wife. I go to work and smile all day, when I get home, I step through the door and I can be who I am.. I always trusted Surgeons would make give me the options that would impprive my life, but right now...I wish I could turn back the clock.

I was diagnosed at 29, it all came as a bit of a shock as like most people disgnosed, I had heard of the disease but didnt really know much about it. 3 months after diagnosis, I had a sub total colectomy & Ileostomy. Along my journey over the past 12 years I never knew things could ever be this bad. In 2005 I had a reversal, consqently after the death of my mother in 2007, my health began to plummet.  I was doing a Masters in Social Work at the time, I so wanted to get the end before being called for surgery, I made it with one day to spare. I opted to have a permanent ileostomy (which would be on the left side due to all the scars on the right). I also requested a proctectomy.


· rita1970 on October 20 2013 · Read More · 3650 Reads ·Print
Lynelle's Story (Crohn's)
My Story

Lynelle discusses her Crohn's diagnosis, stoma operation and reversal. 

My Crohns symptoms commenced when I was 18 after eating a pizza my boyfriend at the time. I had a bout of food poisoning which he seemed to overcome and I didn't. Extreme stomach pains when trying to eat and suddenly coming on for what seemed no reason I decided a visit to the doctor was needed. All the normal tests were done for things like appendicitis etc and the doctors seemed to have no answers. This lasted for about two years with me continually going back to doctors to be told it was "stress".


· Kez on January 30 2013 · Read More · 5877 Reads ·Print
Everything you need to know about pouchitis
J-Pouch Info

By Wally

Wally's personal successes in fending off pouchitis.


· Kez on October 12 2011 · Read More · 10918 Reads ·Print
Sore Skin Problems
Ileostomy & Colostomy

Sore skin can be a real problem when you have a stoma. Keeping your peristomal skin (skin around your stoma) healthy is a great step towards a comfortable and secure stoma experience. Here are my healthy skin tips.

Remember, if you have any persistant skin issues or questions about changing your appliance, consult your hospital's stoma nurse.


· Kez on September 24 2011 · Read More · 10809 Reads ·Print
Travelling with a stoma
Ileostomy & Colostomy

The following is based on my experiences travelling with an ileostomy. I've had a bag since 2002 and have travelled within Europe, the Caribbean and have had an extended stay in France with it.

Two questions I've been asked about the stoma are Can you fly on an aeroplane with it, and can you go swimming with it? The answer is yes on both counts!


· Kez on September 22 2011 · Read More · 10211 Reads ·Print
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