Living With Ibs

20 May 19
living with a hidden illness

I do hate mondays ! Woke feeling like I had run 10k … ache so bad feel sick and still IBS playing up, had a on/off tummy ache since yesterday morning. Trying to push through work today is tough that’s for sure. But I will keep going, keep pushing ! Supposed to be going the […]

20 May 19
Living Healthful

What is your level of stress and what is it doing to your overall health? Check this out!It has been noted by the American Medical Association that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illnesses and diseases.  From weight gain, obesity, IBS & digestive disorders, decrease in energy and even […]

20 May 19

If my gut was a character, it would be The Great and Terrible Oz. And my healing journey would be wandering down the yellow brick road, meeting cool characters along the way, only to get to Oz and be faced with The Great and Terrible Oz. Though Dorothy takes all of five minutes to pull […]

19 May 19
Rising Dragon News

WRITTEN BY: OLIVIA OLATUNJI AND NADIA DAVIS 9TH GRADE MAY 12, 2019 Saying goodbye can be hard for some. As this year comes to an end our current seniors will be off the college soon. Living their own lives and making changes in the world. There will soon be a new batch of seniors as […]

19 May 19
My Story, My Journey, My Life

It’s been seven months since I’ve moved home. I’ve gotten somewhat used to living back at home. But I’m still not happy. I don’t even know what’s upsetting me at this point. I’m just constantly sad. And nothing seems to be getting better. I post random rants on my insta stories but follow up with […]

19 May 19
A Working Retirement in Costa Rica

Bill Blog Post 5-19-19 Our return from the Osa Peninsula meant settling in for a largely uninterrupted last seven weeks of school.  As in every year of teaching I cannot believe the year has gone by so fast!  Brynn was with us for two more days before flying back.  That meant we got in a couple […]

19 May 19
Living With IBS In Your Twenties

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

19 May 19
Top Dog Tips

Just like with us, dog digestive problems are one of the most common ailments that pet owners will have to deal with. A “digestive disorder” or disease is anything that occurs in a dog’s stomach and intestines, and even though they are usually not serious, some of the digestive problems in dogs can be life-threatening. […]

19 May 19
Neil Spencer

Mark Twain famously once said “I’ve had many worries in life. Most of which never happened. Well. I’ve had many illnesses in life. Most of which never happened. This is my life as a hypochondriac. I’d never worried about my health growing up. If someone had said to me when I was 18 that I’d […]

19 May 19
shAre deAls

Get $4.00 off for 55 Ibs Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Roasted Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Dry Dog Food at Sam’s club, Plus free shipping with Plus membership. (Reg: $24.98 Online, $23.98 In-store) ****Check Out More Pet Deals**** PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Roasted Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food is formulated to give dogs all of the energy and nourishment […]

19 May 19
RAQIB HAMEED

ndia and Pakistan have fought three wars over Jammu and Kashmir- a disputed territory between both the countries since 1947. The International Border (IB), often called as Radcliffe Line, demarcated by Sir Cyril Radcliffe led British Setup Boundary Commission and Line of Control, the two borders that separate the territories of India and Pakistan in […]

19 May 19
Metro
Sima Davarian gave birth and went into menopause after being treated for bowel cancer (Picture: PA Real Life) When pregnant English teacher Sima Davarian saw blood after going to the toilet, she thought it was piles – swellings inside or around the anus containing enlarged blood vessels – a common problem during pregnancy. But when the 37-year-old from Devon, who was 35 weeks pregnant, went to the doctors, they found a small lump in her rectum and took a biopsy. The mum-to-be said she was nervous but not worried, thinking it was pregnancy related. Unfortunately for Sima though, it turned out to be bowel cancer. She had to wait until her baby was born to have more tests and start treatment which included a colostomy – diverting her waste into a stoma bag. Five days after the diagnosis, their daughter Mathilda was born by caesarean, leaving both Sima and husband Michael feeling like they’d been robbed of the joys of a natural birth. Though Sima is now cancer free, the radiation treatment she had at the start destroyed her ovaries – causing her to start menopause early. The combination of being a cancer patient and a new mum had an exhausting physical and mental toll on Sima. Sima having chemo which ruined her ovaries (Picture: PA Real Life) ‘It was surreal, strange and traumatic,’ said Sima, ‘It was very, very difficult to become a new mother in those circumstances. In a way, it felt as if giving birth had become a medicalised experience because of the cancer. ‘Everyone was taken aback by my diagnosis. It was shocking for everyone around me, family, friends and work colleagues because they all knew I was a healthy person. After Mathilda’s birth, doctors gave Sima a couple of weeks to recover as well as to spend quality time with her new daughter before commencing treatment to tackle the tumour. Despite knowing it would leave her infertile and unable to have any more children, Sima followed the medical advice and had radiation therapy every day for a week, before having surgery a week later. ‘I had an abdominal perineal resection, which means surgeons took away my rectum, anus and the descending colon to make sure they removed all the cancer in a six-hour operation,’ she explained. ‘It was brutal, but we knew it was for the best. Because I was so young (34 at the time), they wanted to be as thorough as possible to ensure it could never come back. ‘But it was becoming hard to untangle being a patient from being a new mother.’ Husband Michael had to be very hands on with dealing with Mathilda while Sima rested (Picture: PA Real Life) Though the idea of living with a stoma bag was difficult for Sima, she had to become used to it. Doctors told her it was necessary not just to remove all the cancer but to make sure she goes onto live a long, healthy life. As doctors found cancer cells in Sima’s lymph nodes following the colostomy, she also needed four rounds of intense chemotherapy, making looking after a new baby very hard. She said: ‘The chemotherapy knocks the stuffing out of you. ‘It was a hard slog just to get up in the morning. My immune system was battered and I was running on empty. ‘That meant Michael had to be even more hands-on with Mathilda, doing the night feeds and so on. It was tough on all of us.’ Sima was given some time to bond with the newborn before starting treatment (Picture: PA Real Life) For the last three years, Sima has been taking hormone replacement therapy to compensate for the loss of oestrogen. But she has struggled to come to terms with menopausal changes such as rapid changes in temperatures and fatigue, as well as a generally low mood, which a woman does not usually experience until she hits her mid 40s to 50s. She said it was extremely difficult for the family to get by, especially as chemotherapy often left her exhausted and unable to look after their child. [metro-fact-box title=”Signs and symptoms of bowel cancer ” colour=”grey” icon=”exclamation”] The NHS reports that more than 90% of people with bowel cancer have one of the following combinations of symptoms: a persistent change in bowel habit – going more often, with looser stools and sometimes tummy (abdominal) pain blood in the stools without other piles (haemorrhoids) symptoms – this makes it unlikely the cause is haemorrhoids abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating always brought on by eating – sometimes resulting in a reduction in the amount of food eaten and weight loss. Constipation, where you pass harder stools less often, is rarely caused by serious bowel conditions. If you have one or more of the symptoms of bowel cancer, and they persist for more than four weeks, you should see your GP. [/metro-fact-box] Thankfully, she has now recovered but wants more people to know that bowel cancer can affect people under 40. ‘It is very sobering to have a brush with your own mortality at such a young age,’ she added. ‘It is crucial for other young people talk about bowel cancer, which is more often associated with an older generation. It’s important to remove any stigma about it to learn to talk about uncomfortable things.’ For more details on the condition, you can visit Bowel Cancer UK. [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/17/woman-who-looked-pregnant-with-a-tumour-the-size-of-a-watermelon-has-it-removed-from-ovary-9236002/” title=”Woman who ‘looked pregnant’ with a tumour the size of a watermelon has it removed from ovary”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/02/people-affected-bowel-cancer-tell-stories-show-disease-not-discriminate-9093323/” title=”People affected by bowel cancer tell their stories to show the disease does not discriminate”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/11/mums-terminal-bowel-cancer-dismissed-ibs-9165745/” title=”Mum’s terminal bowel cancer was dismissed as IBS”]