Flo Winterflood

Location
Brighton, UK


Experience

Ulcerative colitis

Travelling with IBD

About Flo

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2004 whilst doing my GCSEs. I can only assume the stress of exams started what was perhaps inevitable. Thankfully, due to a very supportive and open family, I had caught the disease whilst still ‘mild’ and I responded well to Mezalazine.

I’ve mostly had UC under control with this medication, even coming off it completely for a couple of years. I then had fairly significant relapse after university and went back on the meds – a high dose and colifoam. From this point I sought help from Chinese medicine to adjust eating patterns and now have dedicated myself to an ultra healthy, gluten-free, sugar-free pescatarian diet, yoga and plenty of exercise (despite once being told by a specialist gastroenterologist that diet had no effect!).

I also rely on a bit of CBT, which I have developed as a coping strategy to the anxiety UC can cause. I found this has profound positive effects on the mind’s relationship with the body.

Now, after hard work and dedication to my health (and probably drinking less!), my bowel is happy and I am healthy. I'm on the lowest dose of Asacol Mezalazine again and thinking of coming off altogether.

I love to share ideas from my own journey and hear from others for inspiration and health tips. UC is part of my life and has influenced my healthy lifestyle choices but I know a relapse can always be just around the corner.