7 – Opening Up

The first stage of my operation was successful, and my intestines have been rejoined. The procedure went as smoothly as I could have hoped. There were a couple of minor complications related to the painkiller treatment I was receiving in recovery, but those seem to have cleared and I should be discharged from hospital today.…

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6 – Recovery

When I was discharged from hospital in 2017, I was told by my surgeon in Slough that I would have my stoma reversed within a year, but it took me a long time to get back to living life as normal. Physically, I was stick-thin, my vocal chords were still paralysed and I could barely…

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4 – Making Changes

I realised I needed a massive change, and it was at this point that I handed my resignation to my employer. I cited illness as the main reason, as my Crohn’s Disease was flaring uncontrollably. I had been vomiting, experiencing diarrhoea and abdominal pain, feeling weak and lethargic, and losing weight. I explained to my…

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3 – Suicide

I was living recklessly. Every day, I was drinking, smoking or using drugs. I tried using these habits as tools to escape my state of depression, but they only made it worse. I also had an unhealthy diet, which was causing my Crohn’s Disease to deteriorate further. I needed to end things, and put a…

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2 – Depression

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease while in 6th Form, in 2002. At the time, I had emergency surgery; a resection of my small intestine. I was in hospital for several weeks, and it took me several months to recover. It forced me to miss my A-Level exams, and meant that I had to wait…

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