The Good, The Bag and the JPouch!
My Life living with IBD!
Welcome to The Good the Bag and The Ugly!
My blog sharing my experiences and journey through Crohns, Colitis, Ileostomy Stoma and Jpouch surgeries and beyond!
17 Years, 2 Children, numerous ASA drugs, Immune Suppressants, Biological Therapies, Numerous invasive therapies, serious allergic reactions, fertility treatment, miscarriages, Drug-Induced Lupus, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, pioneering Ileostomy Stoma surgery and most recent single incision JPouch Surgery in one stage! Cuffitis, blockages and more!
Not forgetting family, laughter, love, partying, Mountain Climbing, Paragliding, Body Boarding, Camping and so much more in-between!
This Is ME!
About My Blog!
What You Need to Know
Hi, my name is Andrea, I'm 46 Years old and live in Sussex in the UK with my fantastically supportive boyfriend, my two gorgeous boys aged 12 & 15 and my shy little rescue dog Meg! I work 20 hours a week as a Teaching Assistant with children aged 4-11, a role I completely love and find challenging yet extremely rewarding. I was diagnosed in 2004 initially with Crohn's and then changed to Indeterminate Colitis in 2016, and, as a result, now have a JPouch.
For years, I have served as a useful source to those seeking information, help, or advice about my experiences living with bowel disease. I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. I started writing about my experiences, my thoughts, and what I feel others can benefit from being shared. I founded JPouch Warrior with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind, and I have been at it ever since.
Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, and feel free to reach out if you would like to know anything more about a particular blog or feel you can assist me on my journey. I will no doubt jump from style to different layouts, I'm no professional and often write more driven by passion than planning and hope you find it as exciting and informative to read as I hope it will be to write.
My personal goal whilst writing this blog is to put some order and clarity in what I have experienced and I will endeavor to cover at least one aspect of my journey a week.