I’ve come a long way…

Just over 6 months since the big day. Life is amazing at the moment! I absolutely love it, everything is just fitting into place and my health is better than it’s ever been.

I’d just like to share two pictures with you: the first one was taken in hospital by my sister a couple of days after my operation (warning its not the nicest one going!) The second one was taken my by friend yesterday while I was climbing a tree in her garden to do some work on it. Comparing these two pictures alone which are taken about 6 months apart (give or take a day or two) shows a massive change. I like to look at the first picture now and then, more so when I’m feeling rough, because no matter how down, miserable or not with it I feel these days nothing comes close to comparing to how I felt when that first picture was taken. Here they are:
  

I think you’ll agree that’s quite a change! I feel really pleased and fortunate that I have managed to recover and improve this much in this time. I still see people who saw me earlier in the recovery and I get a lot of compliments in how well I’m looking these days. Thanks to everyone who has supported and helped me on this journey!!

Something else I’d like to share with you: I’ve mentioned an inspirational young woman on here before called Alannah, who has also started writing about her experiences. Yesterday she once again dropped my jaw with something she’s just done. Rather than stealing her thunder I’m going to just let you read for yourself here. Do take a look if you have a few minutes, this is pretty awesome.

Another update on my fun and games: I have been booked into hospital next week to have a routine test – they’re going to do an endoscopy. It’s lightheartedly listed in my diary as a “photo shoot”, although its far less glamorous! This is just a routine thing that they will do every 6 months or so, just to check the state of the gut, check for signs of active Crohn’s, take biopsies for further testing. As mentioned elsewhere I have had these before in the past, and they are nothing too much to worry about. In my experience the bowel prep stuff is worse than the actual procedure! Next week will be the first one of these since the dodgy bits of innards were chopped out, so all being well they’ll have a nice clear run with nothing to report back other than smiles and a thumbs up.

Well thats today’s update with things! Thanks as always for reading people, have a great day!

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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