When I started this blog last year, I did so because I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to read, which was a personal account of real people with IBD, I wanted to know I wasn’t alone, to feel supported and learn more about the illness, recovery and life with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns.
I came across Inflamed and Untamed run by the marvellous Sara Ringer and was blown away, I was massively inspired and for the first time, felt like there was a community of people out there who were like me! It is an American site though and so I thought why not start something like this here in the UK.
I love running So Bad Ass and I am thrilled that every day I receive so many wonderful messages from people all over the world and every week I have thousands of views! I wanted to make a difference and I really hope that through my writing and public speaking I am doing that.
I saw yesterday that Bethany Townsend was voted in the 100 most influential people in the UK promoting disabilities for the image of her in a bikini showing her ILEOSTOMY* bag that went viral. Hooray for more media coverage about IBD and Ostomies but I was wondering if she’d done anything else apart from share her holiday pic?
No offence to her at all, but it seems a shame that the bloggers/writers/public speakers/activists who write/speak/blog every day don’t get more recognition. If you want to be properly inspired go check out the people who inspire, support, raise money and are so bad ass!!!
There are lots of IBD blogs now and there are more and more people speaking out and sharing their stories with the world and I think it is amazing. The more we talk, the better it is for the millions of sufferers worldwide.
And so I thought I would compile a list of some of ten of my favourite and most inspirational IBD blogs, please take a look at them and get involved.
Big up the everyday IBD warriors who don’t get the recognition they should!!!
There are so many that I just couldn’t name them all and so had to limit myself to my very favourites. All these people take a lot of time and effort to talk about Inflammatory Bowel Disease, they join me in my quest to #stoppoobeingtaboo and make a difference to people all over the world. If you are reading this and have crohns or colitis I hope you can see that you are part of an amazing set of people! Get reading, get commenting, get involved.
We all have the ability to act as advocates for IBD. Let’s make the IBD community proud.
Love Sam x
*Can we all please teach the media that not all bags are COLOSTOMY bags??!!!!