Nick v6 - CopyMy name is Thomas and in December 2011 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease which is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD). Like everyone who is diagnosed with a chronic illness it hit me pretty hard especially as I had to have surgery to reduce the symptoms.

To get my head around my new way of life I tried to learn as much as I could about the disease but the more I read the more I got depressed by the negativity surrounding it. This made me think that everything I wanted to do before being diagnosed was no longer possible.

I couldn’t accept this though so I made 2013 the year of adventure to see what the new me could do and to my surprise I can do quite a lot! At first my attitude was “I am doing X, Y or Z despite having IBD.” However this way of thinking could easily slip back into “I can’t do X, Y or Z because I have IBD”.

To overcome this my new mindset is “I am doing X, Y, or Z BECAUSE I have IBD”. By this I’m not dismissing the limitations IBD can have on someone’s life but at the moment whilst I am healthy I need to live my life to the fullest, because I know it won’t be like this forever. Seeing things in this way has given me more motivation to test myself and whatever I achieve has become the silver lining of my IBD as I wouldn’t be doing them had it not been for my Crohn’s Disease.

The epitome of my silver lining attitude and doing stuff because I have IBD was when I cycled the 1000 mile length of Great Britain from Lands End to John O’Groats in June 2014. This is because there is no way I would have done it without the motivation that having IBD gives me. When my Crohn’s does flare up again it will be a great feeling to say that “at least I cycled the length of Great Britain whilst I was healthy enough to do so!”


I look forward to you following me on my future Chronic Adventures…

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  1. It’s so nice to see such a positive attitude. I’ve been living for Crohn’s for 28 years and it gets tiring to here so much complaining. I know it can be a terrible disease, but I got it and I’ve got to live with it, so I choose to live the best life I can. It sounds as though you are too, Thomas…good for you!

    1. That’s a really great attitude to have. As you say it can be a terrible disease and does make me moan but it has also allowed me to appreciate my health more and to make the most of it whilst I can.

  2. A great blog. You were the only guy to send me a link when I did the ask on twitter. Go you! I love that your on wordpress to so it will be easy for me to to keep up with your adventures. Keep up the great work buddy. Sophie x #spreadthelove

  3. This is so amazing, i love that you are documenting all it, it reminds me of the Tim Mcgraw song, live like you were dying! 🙂 I loved this about me! ❤ xx

    1. Thanks for such a nice comment! Ironically when landing in Iceland last year I played that song to remind myself why I wanted to challenge myself with such a big adventure! Although Crohn’s isn’t terminal the song does help to make me appreciate my health a lot more.

  4. Glad you shared your blog on #lbloggers! I can’t think of a better thing to do than really try and improve your life and push yourself. One of my besties has IBD and I know how much of a pain it can be at times! The bike ride is also looking amazing so keep it up! 🙂 xx

  5. Great blog. It was so good to read both yours and Jill’s comments. I have crohn’s and to be honest, it has made me more positive and stronger mentally than I thought possible. I know it might sound strange but I am a better person for the adversity I face sometimes. Glad to read there are more happy Crohnie’s out there. This awareness is wonderful. 👍👍 (ps don’t laugh at my last name – apt with this disease 😂)

    1. Thank you Katherine, it doesn’t sound strange that Crohn’s has made you a better person, in fact I’m really pleased to hear it. Living with IBD can be very tough at times so we need to find the positives when ever possible. I hope your Crohn’s isn’t rumbling too loudly at the moment! 😉

  6. Hi! We seem to have been diagnosed in the same month. I find it quite hard to keep positive although it has pushed me to increase my fitness and stay as healthy as possible. Ran my first 10k this year but can’t see myself doing any extreme cycling. Good luck with all your endeavours and stay chilled!

    1. Thank you, positivity can be hard to find at times, especially when we’re unwell. Great to see its made you focus on your fitness though and congratulations on the 10k. I never imagined I’d do ‘extreme’ cycling either it all just snowballed the more I did it. Hope your doing well at the moment.

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