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The Foul Bowel: 101 Ways to Survive and Thrive With Crohn's Disease Paperback – 15 Dec 2010

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Yknot Publishing; 1st edition (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986620009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986620003
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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"When I was a GP I firmly believed that patients with chronic diseases invariably knew more about their problem than any doctor. I also believed that patients are usually better at explaining their problem to new sufferers than either doctors or nurses. They know what to expect and how the system works. John Bradley's wonderful book "The Foul Bowel" is a must for anyone diagnosed with Crohn's disease. It's also essential reading for relatives and health professionals. The illustrations are marvellous." --Dr. Vernon Coleman, breakfast TV's first doctor and author of 114 books including How To Stop Your Doctor Killing You:

"A wonderful book that will be instructive to any person whose life is touched by a chronic health issue, providing endless novel insights into the world of healthcare. John Bradley's keen sense of humour allows the reader to experience laughter at each turn of the page, the light tone being juxtaposed with a poignant account of a young man's courageous struggle with Crohn's, an unpredictable and potentially deadly disease.

For the medical professional, The Foul Bowel provides endless novel insights into the world of healthcare. The truth of what is experienced from the patient perspective will benefit any student or professional working with patients. John Bradley writes honestly and articulately about his experiences. He speaks to my personal philosophy of firstly, "Always believe the patient", secondly, "Listen to your gut" and thirdly, "Treat patients the way you would want to be treated if you were in the same position"." -- Dr. Martha Graham, family physician

Candid and entertaining, this book gives the Crohn's patient some comic relief, while at the same time providing practical advice. --Dr. Fre Saibil, University of Toronto Professor of Medicine and author of the best-selling "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis"

"The Foul Bowel" is a must for anyone diagnosed with Crohn's. It's also essential reading for relatives and health professionals.
--Dr. Vernon Coleman is the author of 114 books including "How To Stop Your Doctor Killing You"

Will inspire anyone with the disease, while offering lots of genuine laughs along the way.
--Brighter Living Magazine, March 4, 2011

About the Author

The author's qualifications include thirteen surgeries (seven major and six minor); over a hundred consultations with gastroenterologists; at least two hundred blood tests; over a dozen different drugs; having been irradiated to the Chernobyl standards; lost five-sixths of his small bowel to surgery, and had half a dozen complete strangers stick their index fingers up his butt. And he has never been happier.


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Any who is affected either directly or indirectly by Crohn's really ought to read this book.
John has written a frank and incredibly humorous account of life with Crohn's and gives pointers on how to get the best care for yourself and how to attempt to retain your sanity in the process. He makes some poignant remarks about how the sufferers attitude is paramount to, as he puts it so well; Thriving with Crohn's.
It is worth noting that this is not a blueprint as to how the disease may affect the sufferer as symptoms can vary vastly between one and the next yet what it certainly is, is a memoir of Johns incredible journey that anyone with Crohn's can most defiantly relate to. What screams out of each page is his resolve to deal with it as best he can, that in itself is contagious in all the good ways.
I wish this had been written years ago as so much of what John writes strikes so many chords and as a Crohnie it makes you feel that you are not alone in your disease.
The last chapter of the book literally had me laughing aloud. What makes this book is so special is Johns humility, it shines through and his account of Crohn's is the work of a comic genius about a (at times) debilitating disease.
Just buy it and read it, you'll be glad you did.
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Had it not been for the brightly coloured illustration and the amusing title design on the cover of this book, I don't think I even would have considered buying The Foul Bowel. Just the image of the book itself persuaded me to read the accompanying review. Umm-ing and arr-ing still over whether to buy it, what with my low student budget, I decided that as it was coming up to my birthday I'd get it as a treat. That's right, I bought myself a book on my illness for my birthday. But could this actually turn out to be the best present I could get?
Having only been a member of the Crohn's community for a few short months, I myself still have a lot to learn about diet, control, and management of the disease. From what I had read about the book this really would be my key to surviving and thriving with the illness... or what I hope would be!
The first page had me hooked, bringing me to get almost halfway through before I put it down (for none other than a toilet break. Oh, the irony).
Even a few pages in I found myself nodding along to Bradley's observations of the gastro-intestinal clinic and chuckling to myself at his matter-of-fact attitude towards his never-ending trials of this sporadic disease. Not only does he discuss his experience, but the agonising wait for a diagnosis.
Throughout, John also gives 'tips' on how to deal with the consultants, the disease itself and how to not isolate yourself from your environment at times when company is all you really need. It is really reassuring and comforting reading about another person's experience. Even more so the fact that I have not had to go through half of what John has had to endure (and hopefully never will).
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Having had Crohn's for the past 9 years, a good portion of this book was familiar to me ,so familiar to me in fact that it left me wondering for a while if Mr. Bradley was writing my story and not his. His book is filled with tips and tricks about how to make a life with Crohn's and how to survive the hospital experience with a smile on your face. A lot of time, people with Crohn's can become preoccupied with the unpleasant side of Crohn's, and John reminds us that like it or loathe it, we have a condition which can bring us face to face with some very funny situations and sometimes all you can do is laugh at yourself, advice which is not limited to life with Crohn's.

While other parts of book such as those regarding surgery were as insightful as they were funny. His writing allows us to see his surgical journey through his own eyes so much so that I now feel more informed about what a surgery entails and what I will have to experience should the day ever come for me. This first hand account of Crohn's and surgery is something that medical professionals simply cannot give us, and I feel reassured to have read this book.

I would not hesitate to recommend his book to anyone with Crohn's or knows someone with Crohn's not only for the information it contains, but simply because it is a very funny and enjoyable book
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This is an amazing insight for both sufferers and their friends and family. Not only full of insightful hints and tips but also a good way to reassure yourself that its not all in your head.

I recommend this no matter what state of the game your at!!
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I read the Foul Bowel to understand more about Crohn's Disease. I don't have Crohn's nor know anyone that does, and still found this book to be an absolute page-turner.

Written as a personal memoir of his symptoms, treatment and endless experiences with the NHS, interspersed with tips that he's learnt along the way, Mr Bradley's book seems to me to be really good advice for anyone looking to 'survive and thrive' with a long term condition; a lot of it sounded very familiar to how my friend successfully manages her auto-immune disease.

That's because most of the 101 tips weren't related to the nitty-gritty of anything bowel-related, but were about getting the most out of hospital appointments, health practitioners and your treatment. It's a confidence builder.

The Foul Bowel gives a wonderful insight into what it means to have Crohn's Disease, as Mr Bradley describes his symptoms, surgeries and side-effects as-and-when they developed in his life, and how he dealt with each one whilst going to university, working on his career at Cadbury's, getting married, having a family and emigrating, with absolute honesty yet without it becoming downbeat or upsetting.

Mostly, it's just very funny.
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