My #GetYourBellyOut story: Sarah

Hi I’m Sarah and I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis back in 2000. I’m generally pretty healthy as I’ve accepted the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis as part of my new ‘normal’ now. I was however recently unwell, but luckily managed to get a hospital appointment.

Two days later (maybe not so luckily) I was sent for a flexible sigmoidoscopy, which happened to be just 3 days before the Coronavirus lockdown! The bloods that were taken from this hospital appointment showed up some inflammation, hence the need for the flexi sigmoidoscopy as this would show active disease.

I’m a 47-year-old single Mum to Izzy (age 9) and my two cats Callie & Tango. I work full time for The University of Oxford, in Oxford (there’s a clue in the University’s name there) and whilst I do get pretty exhausted at times, I just have to carry on. I simply don’t have option to slow down too much, due to being a single parent, so sometimes I find that I manage to get done what I need to do then collapse on the sofa.

It must be terrible for a newly diagnosed person to stumble across some of the information that’s available online, which I imagine only increases people’s anxiety. What I like most about GetYourBellyOut is that it’s not too scary – they share helpful information with a little bit of fun thrown in!