Another offering to the “What’s your story?” section from Julie, who has developed a lot over the last couple of years, who has taken heed of the lessons she has learnt and focussed on improving her health and lifestyle and now coaches people on living a healthier life style.
My name is Julie, I’m 27 years of age and I first became aware of my crohns in 2014 when I was 25. Looking back now, I’m sure that my body told my unconscious mind something that my conscious mind was completely unaware of. In January 2014 I was admitted to hospital with an infection in my urachal (this is a tube that’s used by the foetus to empty the bladder via the umblical cord). It was discovered that I had an abscess and I had surgery to remove it. Two weeks later as the surgery site was healing food particles began appearing from my urachal. By September I had been diagnosed with crohns and in October 2014 underwent further surgery where three re-sections of my intestine were made.
The events may sound quite sudden but actually, in 2008 I had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) after suffering with chronic swollen joints. Following diagnosis I was prescribed immunosuppressant drugs (methetrexate) for five years to control the inflammation. In 2013 I began experiencing severe bloating and cramping in my gut and had several diagnoses’ including post infectious inflammatory bowel and acid reflux. At this time I had other symptoms such as swollen red lumps on my shins but I hadn’t even linked this to the RA. I also suffered with psoriasis for about a year whilst working a job in London – interestingly this cleared up within a week of changing jobs.
Now, 18 months on from my resection surgery and I have been completely drug free since my recovery. This includes no medication for the Rheumatoid Arthritis which actually turned out to be Enteropathic Arthritis and had occurred as a result of my inflamed intestines!
In the two years since January 2014 I have learnt a lot! My illness taught me so much about looking after my mind and body. I am convinced that the combination of being very often stressed out, constantly tired, drinking to excess and trying to keep afloat on a diet of greasy high fat and high sugar processed foods was a recipe for disaster. Now I have changed my career, increased my sleep, reduced my stress and turned my diet around and my mind and body are so much happier and healthier for those changes!
I learnt so much on my journey. It wasn’t easy and there was no quick overnight fix, but every milestone made it worth the while and I wouldn’t change any part of it. My experience has proved to me how much of an effect lifestyles can have on health and this has led me to working now to help others achieve the best level of health that they can. (Please visit my facebook page healthyyoumentoring or website, www.healthyyoumentoring.co.uk if you would like to find out more).
Thanks for sharing your story Julie. And thanks for reading guys. If you would like to share your story of IBD then please do get in touch!