WHAT IS AN I.B.D.?

I.B.D. is an acronym for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I.B.D.’s are typically two types: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Crohn’s Disease is an I.B.D. which can segmentally affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. It is identified by the presence of intestinal ulcers, often alternating with healthy intestinal tracts. The progress of this pathology is chronic and then relapsing, characterized by the alternation of acute episodes followed by periods of clinical remission.

Ulcerative Colitis is an I.B.D. which selectively involves the mucosa of the large bowel (colon and rectum). It primarily affects the mucous membrane of the rectum and can extend to part or all of the colon continuously. It’s a disease differentiated from the chronic inflammation that causes ulcerative lesions and its course is characterized by the alternation of acute episodes followed by periods of clinical remission. It is an autoimmune-mediated pathology with an unknown cause and can be affected by various factors: genetic, environmental, pathogenic.

I have been suffering from Ulcerative Colitis since 1998.

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TRAVELING WITH AN I.B.D.

Races to the bathroom, hypersensitivity to climate and dietary changes, periodic medical checks – sometimes combined with endoscopies – constant drug therapy, the whole spectrum of an exacerbation. Not to mention the psychological implications related to the acceptance of having the disease, so much so that I.B.D.’s are also called “invisible disabilities”.

Nevertheless, with the right organization and a lot of self-motivation, it’s possible to live a full life, so much so that I have lived abroad and around the world for several months so far.

I decided to tell my story to inspire anyone who lives with an I.B.D., anyone who loves traveling and thinks it’s not possible. To those who fear the world, believe only what the media say or have been told to stay at home. Anyone who wants to know how I coped with the disease when I lived in Spain and the United Arab Emirates; how I currently manage food, travel, baggage, drugs and everything else around the world. To those who want information on how I manage endoscopies, traveler’s diarrhea and poop urgency at random moments. To those who have another kind of pathology with similar problems. To those who are healthy, yet seek inspiration.

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