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Embarrassment over illness led to blood transfusions and urgent surgery

Posted: June 3 2021

By James Gould John Davidson’s symptoms became so bad that he was bleeding in the bathroom 20 or so times a day – and now the 24-year-old man has asked people in a similar situation to head for medical advice as soon as they can. John was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when he was just […]

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4 People share what life is like in ulcerative colitis remission

Posted: May 18 2021

By Korin Miller Most people use medications to stop inflammation in the large intestine. (Sometimes, people have surgery to remove their colon and rectum when medications don’t work.) Reducing your symptoms and achieving ulcerative colitis remission isn’t always easy, and some people need to go through several prescriptions before they find what works for them. Below, we asked […]

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I Became a model after having my colon removed

Posted: May 13 2021

By Gaylyn Henderson, as told to Sarah Z. Wexler My road to a Crohn’s diagnosis started when I was 13. I had always wanted to model, but I was sick so often—experiencing chronic loose stool and using the bathroom often—that I didn’t think it was a possibility for me. My pediatrician immediately referred me to […]

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‘It’s affected my life in many different ways’

Posted: May 10 2021

By 2022, it’s expected that more than 100,000 people will be living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Australia, according to Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA). As the rate of these inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) continue to rise, CCA is urging people to share what it’s like to live with these life-long illnesses as […]

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Breaking the silence ahead of World IBD Day

Posted: May 5 2021

By Amanda Pedersen “You’re too young to be that sick.” That is what my former gastroenterologist said to me when I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis sometime around 2000. It was a confusing thing to hear, because despite being 19 years old at the time, I was that sick. Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) […]

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9 Things to know before j-pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis

Posted: April 19 2021

By Natasha Lavender. Living with ulcerative colitis can make your life unpredictable, since you never know when or if diarrhea, fatigue, or abdominal pain will take over your day. You may even be considering having J-pouch surgery, an operation that allows you to eliminate stool after having your colon and large intestine removed. People with ulcerative colitis may […]

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This 19-year-old makeup artist is using TikTok to educate others on ulcerative colitis

Posted: April 19 2021

By Jessica Harrington I’m 19 years old and I got diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract, in my junior year of high school. I didn’t look sick but I had to go on a bunch of different medications and treatments — it was really trial and […]

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Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville needs ‘significant operation’

Posted: April 13 2021

Ms Neville was admitted to hospital in mid-February due to complications with the chronic autoimmune disorder Crohn’s disease. “Despite two and a half weeks in hospital, an intensive regime of biological drug treatment and three weeks of recovery out of the public eye, this week I have undertaken a series of tests, including an MRI that has indicated […]

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How Crohn’s disease helped me become stronger

Posted: March 29 2021

By Raechelle Bright. I was about to start my senior year of high school. I was feeling sick for a long time and kept it under wraps because I thought it would go away. I started losing weight (and at an extreme rate). Bathroom trips were more frequent, and I often saw blood. I didn’t […]

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