Me (and IBD)

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Being diagnosed with a chronic disease like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) at a young age can be the start of a long, unpredictable and often challenging journey.

Me (and IBD) is a colouring journal designed to accompany young people on this journey, offering friendly support and gentle learning along the way.

  • More than 120 pages of individually crafted, fully colourable designs
  • Carefully considered, accurate, age-appropriate information approved by patients, families and healthcare professionals
  • Personalisable content
  • Space to record thoughts and feelings, facts and questions
  • Fun activities to consolidate learning

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Our pal Jen, who wrote and illustrated Me (and IBD), was diagnosed with IBD herself as a child, and is also the parent of a young person with IBD. In addition to this unique experience, countless hours of conversation with young patients and their families are behind the development of a colouring journal packed full of the kind of information young patients want, delivered in a way that works best for them.

  • All about me – a place to write (and draw!) about you, your life and all the things that make you amazing
  • Love to learn, your digestive system – ever wondered how your digestive system works? This is the place to find out!
  • So what is IBD? – This is where you can learn all about the different types of IBD
  • Tests and treatments – Find out about all the common IBD tests and treatments, why you need them and how they work
  • Looking after my body – Find out what you can do to help keep your body healthy and happy every day
  • Looking after my mind – Discover why looking after your mind is super important too, and why how you feel can affect your IBD (and vice versa!) By collaborating with the Paediatric Gastroenterology team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Jen has ensured that Me (and IBD) offers only accurate, relevant and up-to-date information, approved by healthcare professionals and patients.

If you (or your young person) would like a copy of Me (and IBD), get in touch so we can arrange that!

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