31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 6


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Today’s post is: The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Experienced.

Without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced was adjusting to life with a chronic illness. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and it really was a life changer. I had to change how I ate, how I slept (this entailed buying an electric bed with a memory foam mattress) and just how I functioned.

I think the most difficult thing was making peace with the fact that I could no longer just pick up my bag and go out when I wanted. I had to start planning my days out – what bag should I take so I can fit a bottle of water/energy drink and several snacks in? Where are the bathrooms where I’m going? Can I sit down if I get tired? Are there places to get food if I need it? It’s not just a day out on a whim any more. I have to plan, and a lot of my friends still don’t get that. I have a good many who do, but a lot of them still don’t understand that I can’t do things spontaneously any more.

The diet change was also a real bind. I am mostly vegetarian now (apart from bacon, which I have once in a while and we’ve reclassified as a medicinal herb in our house) and it does help my gut. I am unable to go vegan because of my nut allergy, but I do think that would help as well. If I do eat meat, it’s poached chicken or fish. Red meat is a treat that happens twice a year (Christmas and Easter) or a burger out if I’m desperate. I used to eat anything and everything, so yeah. I can’t eat wholegrain foods. I can’t eat brown bread. I live mostly off rice and pasta and vegetables. It’s crappy, but it helps my gut, so I don’t really have an option.

Being diagnosed with a long term chronic condition is difficult, especially if you were previously a very healthy person. But we make do, and the important thing is not to let it get to you.

Published by West Surrey Style

Personal stylist, blogger, foodie, cat mummy and petrolhead based in Surrey, UK. Lover of all things local. Crohn's sufferer, Volvo driver, experimental cook and avid reader. Nice to meet you!

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