Voices of IBD (18) - Jamie's Story.

Welcome to PART 18 of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease series, where we talk to people from all walks of life with this condition; to give everyone a platform to share their story, and help to raise awareness.

This week we talk to Jamie about his battle with Ulcerative Colitis.

What is your name and age?

My name is Jamie Pearson & I am 25 years old

What is your occupation?

Unemployed at the moment and  due for surgery soon but do football studies & I started blogging.

What form of IBD have you got?

I have Ulcerative Colitis

How old were you when you were diagnosed?

I was 18 years old when I was Diagnosed

About the disease...
What were your main symptoms that led to your diagnosis?

Main symptoms were bleeding from the bottom, more regular emptying from my bum & so much more tired.

How did you feel when you got diagnosed?

I was in shock when I was first told I had Ulcerative Colitis. I had no clue what UC was so looked it up & then was like wow, a big change in my life.

What support did you get during and after your diagnosis?

I had a good IBD nurse who was so supportive and even after she always made sure things were ok and checked it I needed anything.

Do you take medication, if so, what?

I was on Pentasa tablets and then steroid tablets but not anymore.

What are your experiences with hospitals? Have you had many stays in hospital, or colonoscopies? Do you have an IBD nurse?

My experience with hospitals wasn't bad at the start, just with quite a few admissions in the hospital with steroid drips does affect the experience. I do have a IBD nurse who is amazing. I’ve had 6 Colonoscopies in my time with UC which at first wasn’t nice but it’s for your own safety.

What seems to affect your IBD the most? What triggers it?

Stress is a massive part that affects my IBD the most and even when I have a cold or feel really low it can affect my IBD.

Do you currently, or have in the past, struggled with mental health? If so, what?

 I went through Depression which was helped with therapy and antidepressants.

Was this because of you IBD, or influenced by your IBD or vice versa?

IBD was an influence in being depressed.

Do you get support for your mental health?

Therapy & antidepressants.

Do you feel like you get the right support?

The support I had did help with opening up about things.

How do you cope?
What is your go-to routine for when you are flaring?

At the start when flared up it would be stress. I felt upset and so down in dumps but when in a bad flare up I ring my IBD nurse up, and she goes through the options available.

What do you do to give yourself a break or relax?

Football is my break as when I play or even watch it, does take my mind off what is going on with myself.

What lifestyle/diet/changes have you made to cope with your IBD?

Some eating habits have changed from fizzy drinks to eating more healthy. Even exercise helps. Simple things like walking or sports.

What advice would you give to someone who may think they are experiencing early signs?

My advice would be, any time you’re worried or things are not right, go book an appointment at your local GP surgery and get checked over. Never fight it.

What advice would you give to the friends and family of those with IBD?

It's a very hard battle but keep fighting. So many people have IBD, so get on social groups.

If there is one thing that keeps you motivated and focused through it all, what would that be?

I think there’s always someone worse off than me, I am strong and this will not beat me.

What is your favourite quote?

Believe & Achieve.
Believe in yourself & watch you achieve things you never thought you could do.

Thank you Jamie for sharing your story here on BecxBlogs. If you are affected by Crohn's or Colitis; please go to the Crohn's & Colitis UK website for further support and information.

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