"If it wasn't for my bag, I would not be here today"

Earlier this month, a man who did not want to live with a stoma died after a judge ruled life-support treatment could end. His story caused an outpouring of shock amongst the stoma community and prompted the question - is there enough mental health support for those facing surgery? Having lived with a stoma for four years as a teenager, the complex emotions this patient must have felt weighed heavy on my heart. The man, referred to as MSP, from South Yorkshire, was in his 30s and had given jud

Emotions are agonising, like being electrocuted

Intense and overwhelming emotions, 'so agonising, it feels like being electrocuted'. This is how Rosie describes life with borderline personality disorder. BPD is extremely complex to diagnose and is recognised as one of the most stigmatised mental health diagnoses' out there. Whilst NICE state that 'people with BPD use mental health services at higher rates than people from other mental health diagnostic groups', accessing a long-term treatment plan for BPD can be a lengthy wait. That's why

'I'm high risk but made a full recovery from coronavirus'

For those living with underlying health conditions, the thought of contracting coronavirus can be terrifying. But while the numbers may appear bleak, there are many people considered high risk who are making a full recovery, as I personally discovered. Panic rose in my chest as I failed to catch my breath. All I had done was walk up the stairs. Was this Covid-19? Was it in my home, in my body, in my lungs? I have Crohn's Disease, an autoimmune disease which means my digestive system attacks it

7 Things You Only Know If You Exercise With IBS Or IBD | MTV UK

Getting your arse to the gym literally embodies a whole new meaning when you have IBS or IBD (irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease). Whilst gut problems aren’t the most glam thing to talk about, they have a massive impact on a workout. Stomach cramps, bloating and nausea are just some of the daily symptoms someone with IBS or IBS might suffer with. And let’s be honest, none of these are conducive to a grilling, sweat-inducing and body-burning exercise session. Read more at http://www.mtv.co.uk/fitness/news/7-things-you-only-know-if-you-exercise-with-ibs-or-ibd#vVAlDJirFHb7asG8.99

5 best gluten free doughnuts to celebrate National Doughnut Week

Share this article with Google Plus Sugared, glazed, topped with sprinkles or filled with jam, I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy a doughnut. And what better way to celebrate this delicious doughy ball of goodness than eat all the doughnuts for National Doughnut Week. However, one of the key ingredients in most varieties is flour. So what to do if you’re gluten free? Luckily these five producers make fresh gluten free doughnuts with zero cross contamination. These doughnuts are not

22 things you only know if you have coeliac disease

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week – but what do we actually know about this illness which means a totally gluten-free diet? Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease, which means consuming gluten causes an autoimmune reaction. That means the body attacks itself. 1 in 100 people in the UK have the condition, so the chances are you know someone who has it, or at least know of someone who does. So what it’s like to live with the condition: 22 coeliacs tell us. Rachel points out it’s rather important t

9 things you only know if you have Multiple Sclerosis

Share this article with Google Plus It is estimated over 100,000 people in the UK are living with Multiple Sclerosis, but what do we actually know about it? MS is a neurological condition which impacts the central nervous system, which means the range of symptoms for MS are vast, including vision and mobility problems, muscle stiffness and spasms, extreme fatigue or numbness on the body. We invited nine people living with MS to tell us what it’s like to live with the condition, how they manag

World Allergy Week: What it's like to deal with life threatening allergies

Share this article with Google Plus It seems everyone has some sort of intolerance these days, be it gluten, dairy, soya or sesame seeds. And while the shift towards more awareness of gut health is extremely positive, it’s easy to forget the crippling and life threatening consequences of the most severe allergies. Many allergies will not result in just discomfort, but rather a potentially life threatening reaction. Last Sunday marked the start of World Allergy Week, and four people told us w

Forget Nutella - here are 5 decadent vegan chocolate spreads to try

Share this article with Google Plus Sometimes there is nothing better than a tub of Nutella, with a spoon plunged straight in. The chocolatey, creamy spread is a UK taste sensation and is definitely a family favourite. And with World Nutella Day on February 4, there’s no excuse not to dig in. But if you’re vegan or dairy-free, you’re out of luck as it contains both milk and whey. Fortunately, there are now plenty of alternative options, and they really taste as delicious as the ‘real’ stuff.

8 of the best places to get a vegan burger in London and beyond

Share this article with Google Plus We all love them, chains are named after them, and we cover them in cheese, fill them relish and argue over gherkins. Yes, I’m talking about the nation’s favourite – a big fat burger. Classically, it involves sandwiching a patty of beef between two buns and topping with, well, whatever we like. So, what if you’re vegan? What options are available then? It turns out, quite a lot. Here are the eight best places to grab yourself a delicious vegan burger in L

8 recipes so good, you won't even notice they're vegan

Share this article with Google Plus Veganuary has hit our social media big time this month, with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe taking the pledge to go vegan for January. There is a common misconception that it’s all beans, lentils and soya milk, so I’ve compiled eight delicious vegan recipes that taste so good, you wouldn’t even realise they’re vegan. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy these, just appreciative of a good hearty winter meal. The perfect inspiration if you

8 of the best cheap gluten-free eats in London

Share this article with Google Plus It’s coming to the end of January and let’s be honest, we’re really scraping the bottom of the purse before payday. If you’re gluten-free, this can be challenging still. Coming across a cheap eat in these circumstances is pretty rare – even to grab a sandwich it’s easy to end up forking out about £4. So, as we near the end of January, here are some of the best eateries in the capital to dine gluten-free that won’t break your bank balance. If you love a bi

5 weird Christmas foods from around the world

Share this article with Google Plus Christmas may have you licking your lips at the thought of roast and all the trimmings. But not everyone around the world tucks into a turkey, cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets. Here are some of the more unusual Christmas foods from across the globe. The ‘mopane caterpillar’ is an edible caterpillar and feeds predominately on the mopane leaf. The harvest time of these little critters coincidentally coincides with Christmas and hence these grace plenty

12 great products you can add to a gluten free and dairy free Christmas buffet

Share this article with Google Plus Tis the season to be jolly, and eat all the food in sight. That’s the saying, right? The Christmas invitations will soon start flooding in, but the buffet parties can quickly become something of a minefield if you suffer from an allergy or dietary restriction. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are twelve items which are in the shops right now, and are waiting to be added to your ‘free from’ party buffet. This is a great option as it’s coconut-

Christmas cocktails: 5 of the best festive recipes to make yourself

Share this article with Google Plus Sparkling wine, warm punch and mulled wine are all on the menu as we enter the Christmas party period. While bars and restaurants will be swapping in some festive alternatives to their usual cocktail menu, why not give it a go yourself this season? It may seem a bit daunting but you don’t need any equipment or special skills, and you’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards already. Here are five wonderfully simple and yummy cocktails you

8 wonderful ways to fill your Christmas limbo

Share this article with Google Plus The tedious time between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when you’re off work, you’ve eaten your body weight in food and you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself. So how should you fill the time? Play more board games with the family? Watch endless festive TV and pretend you’re still cheery? Well, if you’re stuck for things to do, here are eight wonderfully different things to try over the Christmas limbo period: Dreamland, located on the Kent coast in

What happened when I stopped eating for a month

Share this article with Google Plus It was day two of the four-week liquid diet and I was ravenous. I was drinking enough supplementary liquids to provide me with enough calories, but my body was screaming for a cake. Or bread. Or pasta. Basically anything. My boyfriend came round after work, after gobbling down his dinner while walking to me so I didn’t have to watch him eat. But the next morning he bought a packet of chocolate crepes for breakfast and brazenly took them out of his bag whi

8 ways to look after your IBD this Christmas

Share this article with Google Plus The festive season is upon us, and although it’s fabulous to be surrounded by food, drink and merriment, it can be a daunting time if you are dealing with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. IBD affects more than 300,000 people in the UK, according to charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK, and causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, what we put into our bodies can often have a direct impact on our Crohn’s or Colitis symptoms, and the Christmas season

6 of the best Christmas markets across the UK

Share this article with Google Plus It’s Christmas market season, and there are endless options dotted across the UK’s towns and cities. For those looking to do a bit of Christmas shopping or just to get in the festive spirit, here are six of the best Christmas markets in the UK, as described by the people who live there. Deb Sharratt from My Boys Club says: ‘The best Christmas market in Newcastle is the Grainger Market. ‘This hall houses more than 100 businesses with many local, independen
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