Time goes so fast! 5 months to the day since my operation. Things have gone great! I am now recovered, and trying to pack as much as I can into life to get the most out of it. My gardening business has taken off and I’ve been looking into some new options with that which is rather exciting (this also accounts for me being a little quiet on here lately). I am still working on my work/life balance, something that I now really want to get right. It’s difficult at the moment, as I have such a lot of catching up to do financially – the benefits lot were far from useful, watch this space for a future rant! My jujitsu training is also going really well, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Being able to do that kind of activity now is brilliant. Bear in mind here that I have been back and training for about a month now.
I have really been getting into the support and awareness side of things as well. I have been talking to a couple people who have gone through surgery in the last few weeks, and being able to reassure them about what they are going through helps them to be a little more relaxed about it. One person in particular – Alannah – has even started her own blog. Very inspirational woman, well worth taking a look at her story here.
I find comforting and reassuring people in this situation to be very rewarding. There are some amazing groups on Facebook that are dedicated to providing support for people with Crohn’s. Campaigns such as #GetYourBellyOut (GYBO) are doing an amazing amount for raising this awareness. Moreover GYBO help people who have IBD’s (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases) such as Crohn’s and Colitis to feel more confident with their body after major surgery – yes I’ve taken part and uploaded a picture of my belly to their page! The brilliant people behind this campaign are also raising money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK through selling wristbands similar to mine.
I guess this blog has sparked the interest in promoting the awareness of Crohn’s, and bettering the understanding of what it is and how it can effect people. I am currently working on getting involved in public speaking to share my story at support groups. I am working on what I am going to say, and have a few options lined up for places to speak. I will try to get a video done when I get onto these talks and put it onto YouTube so a wider audience can see what I have to say. This is all early planning, but something to definitely be excited about!
Just a little passing note on the wrist bands – these are taking off really well, I’ve had a fair bit of interest in them, with a few people paying a little more than the £1.50 as an extra donation to Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Thanks to everyone who has donated and bought a band, it really means a lot. I’m also getting a few people uploading their wristband selfies to my Facebook group which is awesome! If you are reading this and would like to get involved then please check out this post.
So lots of exciting things going on in the world of Tom.
Thanks as always for reading