4 months on

Well time does fly! This time 4 months ago I was coming around from my operation, and was in a rough state on the ward unaware of the fun and games that were to follow. Since then I have come a long way; I have completed my recovery and I am now back at work.

The incision has healed completely now. There is still a substantial scar down my stomach and it is still very noticeable – I might get a picture at some point soon. My view on it is still the same: I am not at all embarrassed about it, nor do I wish that it wasn’t there. I actually kind of like it; its part of me now. It’s a reminder of a life changing event, and I hope that when I get tough times in the future it can help me to put things into perspective.

I have learnt a lot through this process, a lot about myself, about life, and about Crohn’s. I have come a long way as a person in this journey, I’ve met some amazing and inspirational people. I have also been inspired to learn more about other peoples experiences, and to look more into the support side of things; how I can use my experience to help reassure other people. After all that was the whole idea of this blog: to share how I have found this experience with people who find themselves in the situation I was in last October. I have been talking to people on some of the support groups on Facebook, and I get a lot of satisfaction from talking to people.

People have been very kind in what they have said about me since recovering. A lot of people have told me that I am looking very well these days, and that they are impressed with how far and how fast I have come along with my recovery. This comes from friends who have Crohn’s as well as those without. One way or another its positive to hear that I am looking as great from the outside as I feel on the inside.

The money side of things has been hard. I wouldn’t normally want to raise this subject, but over the last few weeks it has become more of an issue. I mentioned in a previous post about the letter I have had from the benefits people, claiming I have been overpaid and demanding that I re-pay them. This has developed: I have written to the income lot, telling them that I started work when I stated and not before hand, which they seem to have been under the impression of. I am waiting for them to reply. As well as that I have been told from the housing benefits people that they have paid me too much as well according to their system, adding another few hundred to what I am being charged. I will contact to them and try to explain the situation, but I have a sinking feeling that this will be in vain. I haven’t done the maths yet, but it will be interesting to see how little I actually had from them once you take off what they are demanding I repay.

One final thing to share: I now have a couple of t-shirts printed up with the purple Crohn’s ribbon and the name of my blog across the back. I’ve worn this out and about and have had a few people asking what its about. Its proving to be a brilliant conversation starter, and a great way of helping me to raise awareness. One of my hobbies is playing in a covers band called Stick of Rock; we had a gig last Saturday night at which I wore one of these t-shirts. I had a fair few people asking me about it which was awesome.

On a similar note I am looking into getting some of the rubber charity wrist bands printed up with my address on them. Once I have done this I intend to sell them, and donate the profit to Crohn’s and Colitis UK. If anyone is reading this and would be interested in buying one of these when I have them then please let me know on here, so I have some idea on if this is a good idea or not.

Thanks again for reading people, its great to have your support with this blog.

KBO

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About tomcoppin

Hello! I'm Tom, and have started this blog to share my experience of living life with a condition called Crohn's Disease. I've had the condition for a long time and have recently undergone surgery, hence the scar in the picture. I want to share my experiences to raise awareness of Crohn's, as well as helping out people who have been diagnosed. If you have any questions then feel free to message or comment and I will answer! Have a great day people. KBO
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