"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king." Elizabeth I

I’m Lauren, I’m 24 years old and I am the girl poking her tongue out. I started this blog because shortly after this photo was taken on my birthday last year I became very ill. I became a shadow of that person and having spent the past 6 months living in my bed or my bathroom I have decided to make the ultra positive decision to begin living online…

I will go into my diagnosis elsewhere more in depth, but in short since I was 14 I have suffered with mystifyingly severe and unrelenting IBS. I have been under a hospital specialist for most of that time and they have never really known what to do with me. Last year thanks to a 3 month long wait for a wisdom tooth removal and shocking levels of pain I was taking Ibuprofen which led to a duodenal ulcer. This coupled with the IBS led to a dramatic decline in health which has left me somewhat crippled. I’m still waiting to bounce back.

I’m hoping that my blog will be cathartic for me really. I also hope it helps other people who are housebound or feel alone with a chronic illness. Truthfully I haven’t found an IBS/Crohns blog or forum that has made me even slightly cheerful so here’s hoping I don’t bum everyone out even more. 

So that’s me for now. This will probably change when I grow accustomed to Tumblr and its newness.

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