Educated patients are empowered patients

When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2008 I knew nothing about it. I was given hardly any information, no-one really explained to me what my diagnosis meant, no-one told me it would all be ok - even if it didn’t feel that way at the time. Instead I was given a pack of pills and a follow-up appointment for a few months’ time. I was left to deal with the enormity of what having an incurable, chronic condition meant by myself. But, at the time I didn’t know this was wrong. It was just the way it was.

Over the years I’ve worked to better educate myself about what I’m living with. I’ve found ways to help manage my condition better which have helped me to get into remission. By reducing my stress, improving my diet, exercising and generally being more healthy and aware of my body I now feel healthier than I’ve ever felt before. (You can read more about my health journey on the IBDrelief website or in my book).

Understanding more about IBD empowered me to feel more in control of my own health and be more positive about what the future holds. I think every patient deserves to feel this way and at the end of 2015 I set up IBDrelief. It’s main goal is to better educate patients about their condition to improve their quality of life. Since the website was launched it’s been visited by over 1.8m people from 211 different countries. A huge achievement considering we ran it in our spare time for four years. We are now lucky enough that it's grown to the point we now have a team of people around us and have expanded our services to become a patient-centric digital health agency for IBD. We are also working on lots of our own projects too to help improve the lives of people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis!

Having IBD has also given me opportunities I never thought I would get. I’ve spoken at various events and health conferences, mentored some of the UK’s up-and-coming medical entrepreneurs and inputted into IBD-related research.

Alongside all of this I run a web design and marketing agency (Brightsite) which I set up in 2006. During this time I’ve been lucky enough to help hundreds of business owners, across a huge range of industries, improve and grow their online presence.

Want to find out more or work with me? Get in touch.