Dear Crohns Disease
A letter to our IBD/gut issues – from you
Today is World IBD Day. To mark the day, I wrote this open letter to my IBD and I asked you guys to get involved too.
I was overwhelmed at the words you sent me – I could relate to every single one of them.
They were honest, relatable and some of them, very very funny.
These are your words to your gut. xo
“You’ve turned my world upside down and you try to beat me almost every day, but I always come back stronger, more resilient and grateful in ways I never thought possible.” @laurenhintonx
“WHY ARE YOU HERE?” @claireharman and @natalia.santacreu
“Can you just behave yourself and not give me any more surprises?” @djfranks1
“I’ve grown as a person and all but why did you feel the need to take my colon?” @billieandersonx
“You make frustrated and anxious at times, but I won’t let you beat me!” @_lottiec
“You suck but you’ve made me, me!” @fayezyfizz
“You are exhausting. You make me angry. I hate you for taking away my old life. You’ve made me kinder. You’ve made me stronger. You’ve made me weaker. You make me so anxious I can’t function. You make me fearful and anxious for the future. Thank you for my scar, it looks awesome. I hate you for what’s behind my scar, my body doesn’t work properly anymore because of you. Thank you for introducing me to the IBD community.” Anon
“We’ve had a tough journey together and although at times I hated you, you have made me who I am today. You have showed me how strong I am, you have enabled me to be more compassionate towards others and you have made me realise what’s important in life. For these things I am grateful.” @clemmiemacphersonnutritionist
“I knew my body so well until you came along.” @vickimg89
“I’m trying to listen to what you’re saying.” @naineos
“Please can you stop being such an attention seeker!” @katiebenhaaam
“You are not going to defeat me. Even when you hospitalise me I’m still going to win.” @ruth.cotton
“It’s given me compassion for others. You never know what’s hidden behind the facade”. @hegoswife
“Calm down angry tum. We’ve got this.” @the.gfg
“Thank you for making me grow up more compassionate and empathetic. Please don’t be passed down to my baby, like how it was passed to me from my mum. And finally thank you for letting me have my baby boy.” @chronically_successful
“Even though some days you suck, you’ve changed me life in good ways not just bad.” @flower.power.xxo
“You gave me strength and a new appreciation for life.” @bhavini44
“I would say ‘let it go, let it gooooooo!'” @tinaambrose87
“Would you just cease and desist so I could get into a decent exercise routine?” @hannah_views
“Thank you for making me appreciate the good times much more!” @clare_the_pear
“You made me strong.” @allyadamsx
“You made me not take life for granted.” @nmonk_ostomy
“I’m in control.” @em.ily_.__
“You are part of me and I accept you.” @gabriellagrees
Thank you so much to every single one of you who sent in such beautiful words and I’m so sorry I couldn’t include them all.