In this day and age, we are lucky to have the wonders of the world at our finger tips. The internet is a wonderful tool, but it can also be misleading and sometimes completely incorrect. Now, I am extremely careful about what websites I look to for information, even newspapers and magazines. Anything that has ever published an article claiming to help you “cure” Crohn’s or Colitis has been put into my personal Room 101!

Here are some of the websites/services I use:

Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Crohn’s & Colitis UK (CCUK) is a wonderful source of information and support. This was
one of the first places I looked to when I was first diagnosed. They are a leading charity based in the UK who work to improve services available to those with IBD, improve quality of life, educate the public and also fund research to find a cure.
The charity is made up of people with IBD and family members of IBD sufferers, so these people understand what you are going through! As well as a website with a vast amount of information, they also provide a support line via telephone (0300 222 5700) or messagingon their website. They have set up 50 local groups around the country that hold educational meetings, raise IBD awareness and organise fundraisers.

Medical Information

Social Media Forums

I have only recently found out just how many forums and groups there are dedicated to IBD sufferers. I use the official CCUK forum they have set up on Facebook. Be warned, you need to have a good sense of humour here. For the most part, I find it very supportive. I’ve asked many questions on there and been helped by group members within minutes. However I’ve seen a few arguments generate out of nothing, so just ignore the party poopers… I really need to stop with these puns, right? Nah.
There are many others out there though, you just need to find a good bunch of people you click with. Facebook also has some local Crohn’s and Colitis groups you can join and even one for the selfie lovers! Brows and Bowels CCUK Selfies is a new group full of fun loving supportive folk, so come and show us some love!

Blogs, Blogs and more Blogs!!

I’m very new to the game of blogging, but there’s sooooo many people out there like me who use this platform to raise awareness and help others. I have a couple of favourites that stick out who are truly inspirational.
So Bad Ass is a blog by Sam Cleasby who has Ulcerative Colitis and a 
Stoma. She uses her skills as a photographer, public speaker and writer to raise awareness about IBD and is very passionate about body confidence. She shares her story about living with a stoma and is determined to rid the world of the stigma surrounding this disease.

So Bad Ass
Colitis Ninja aka Amber Elder, is another blogger who has Ulcerative Colitis and spreads positivity with the Colitis Ninja as a symbol of hope.

Published by Elle Quinn