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Nigel Horwood - My IBD story Nigel has lived with the symptoms of Crohn's disease since 1977. In 2010 he had his first operation - which removed his terminal ileum and left him with a temporary ileostomy before having a reversal.
Seb Tucknott - My IBD story IBDrelief founder Seb tells his story of how he went from nearly losing his colon to being in clinical remission.
Bernard Leach - My IBD story Bernard was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2004. He uses a combination of medication, diet and exercise to manage his symptoms.
My J-pouch surgery - Alwine Jarvis In 2015 Alwine Jarvis had J-pouch surgery. Here she recalls what it was like.
Alwine Jarvis - My IBD story After living with ulcerative colitis for 30 years Alwine decided to get a J-pouch in 2015.
Stephanie Jennings - My IBD story Stephanie was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2015 and had a stoma formed shortly after.
My Humira diary - Simon Booth In November 2015 Simon Booth, who has Crohn's disease, started taking the biologic medication Humira (adalimumab). For the first three months he kept a diary for IBDrelief.
My J-pouch surgery - Edmund Murray In 2014 Edmund Murray had J-pouch surgery for his ulcerative colitis. Here he recounts what it was like.
Beth Kiernan - My IBD story Beth was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2012 while at university. Since then she has climbed mountains and taken part in many outdoor pursuits.
Ileocaecal resection surgery for Crohn’s disease - My story In 2014 Simon Booth underwent ileocaecal resection surgery for his Crohn's disease. Read his experience of the surgery here.
Simon Stones - My IBD Story When he was 14 Simon was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Since then he's gone on to gain a first class honours degree and is now studying for a PhD.
Living with hair loss from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Gemma Cleary was first diagnosed in 2001 with ulcerative colitis but in 2012 she went through a serious flare and it was discovered she actually had Crohn’s colitis. In 2011 her hair started to fall out. In this interview she talks about what it's been like.
Simon Booth - My IBD Story Simon was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2014 and in 2015 had an ileocaecal resection.
Gemma Cleary - My IBD Story Gemma was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001, but in 2012 was told she actually has Crohn's disease.
Thaila Skye - My IBD Story Thaila was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2009 and the following year had a temporary ileostomy and mucous fistula formed. In 2016 she had her mucous fistula reversed and a permanent colostomy formed.

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