First anniversary

Hi all!

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Showing off my little scar a few months ago.

Well who would have thought it? One year today since my huge life changing operation. It’s been an eventful year! Lots has happened, lots of changes have taken place for me as a person. I’ve posted recently about how I have made big changes to my life style to allow me to do more of this things I love, which is really important so I won’t go too far into that one again.

For those who have only just found my blog: a year ago today I went for quite a major planned operation,  where my sigmoid colon, the right side of my large intestine and about 15 cm of small intestine were removed as they badly affected with Crohn’s. This all went to plan; but my body doesn’t seem to like doing things normally, and after a rather a strange spell on the ward I had a second trip into theatre. It turned out I was experiencing some heavy internal bleeding, caused by some of the blood vessels around the gut literally peeling away and causing blood loss into the abdominal cavity. I was told later that this was a freak event, and not normal at all. After this, recovery went really quickly, allowing me to get out of hospital within a week. For the next few weeks I recovered at my grandparents place, where I had family around me to keep an eye in case I needed any help. On the 23rd of January (my birthday) I had the 22 staples taken out. But once again instead of my body doing as it should, the top section of the wound opened up; off to a&e for Tom! Eventually I made a full recovery; the wound healed up, after a few weeks I returned to my own home, and after 3 months I was back at work (on lighter duties of course). But I had made the full recovery. And more importantly I feel better than ever.

Something I want to share in this post is a thanks and a show of appreciation to the amazing people who were caring for me a year ago. To the brilliant surgical team who did their incredible work – in both the planned operation and the second unexpected one. To the doctors and nurses who have managed me as a patient before, during and after my surgery, including of course my fantastic IBD nurse Gini who is always really supportive and helpful. To my consultant Dr. Saverymuttu who has been reviewing my case for a while now, and who continues to do a brilliant job with keeping tabs on me. Of course the staff of Rayne ward in Broomfield hospital where I spent my week recovering need a massive mention here. I am truly grateful to every single one of these people; everything about the patient care I received was truly second to none. I don’t think I can say enough great things about them. Last but definitely not least is a mention to my family and friends who helped care for and supported me in different ways through out the whole thing. Its a really daft thing to say but the help and support of all of these people (they’ll know who they are when the read this) I would be well and truly stuck. So thank you all.

I’m taking a greater active interest in raising awareness of Crohn’s lately; I’m very open about my experiences and share what I know and what I’ve been through. I try I phrase this in a way that’s informative and factual, yet easy going. Whenever I meet someone new and we get chatting I’m normally open to telling the person that I have Crohn’s. Quite often the response is something like “I’ve heard of it… What actually is it?” Needless to say I’m pretty well practiced with a short concise answer to that. It’s not the first subject out of my mouth, but as we chat about ourselves and share a bit about our back ground I share that as I see it as a big bit of me. And also of course if I do have a bit of a turn it helps the other person to know that there is something going on under the surface that could account for this happening. If I do have a flair up then I tell people that there is virtually nothing that they can do to help just bear with me and if I do need any help ie to get to the doctors as soon as then I will say something.

Anyway, just a short one to celebrate my year since the op! Hopefully my writings on here have helped people along the way on one way or another. Looking forward to a  happy and healthier 2016!!

Thanks as always for reading people

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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