Hannah Witton
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  • Althea Autumn
    Althea Autumn 59 minutes ago

    From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success

  • Charlotte Beaumont

    I’ve just found out I have received a 1st for my degree. During my degree I got diagnosed with 2 different chronic illnesses and I was really unwell. Uni was so difficult because of it but I have done it I have passed and I got a 1st! 👩🏼‍🎓

  • x_Fafa_x
    x_Fafa_x Hour ago

    You mentioned being brave as an active thing and you don't consider yourself brave because everything 'just happened to you' However, I think you overlook your bravery in how you handled things afterwards. You could've just sulked and gotten into a completely different headspace. Your choice however, was to take things as they came every day and be active in your recovery. That's bravery too! It's still an active thing, but not so much physically as mentally

  • edie nicolson
    edie nicolson 2 hours ago

    You are brave. Not for what happened to you, but to share such a personal story with the world. I don’t know if i could ever do that, and to see somebody who went through something so difficult, both mentally and physically, speak so openly about their experiences is inspirational. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Gwynne
    Gwynne 2 hours ago

    I have dyslexia and when I first started school I really struggled to read and write. After failing my first stats test when I was 7 I was diagnosed and given support, for which I am very grateful to my parents for noticing and pushing the school to give we the help I needed. I loved books (still do) and was determined to learn to read, when I learnt to read my first book Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg I read it in front of the whole school in assembly. I now have a first class BSc honours degree from the university of kent and a full time job within the field of wildlife conservation. I have come a long way since I started first started school and there were times when I really struggled and got frustrated with myself but I am proud of what I have achieved so far in my life and not let my dyslexia hold me back.

  • Ellie Duff
    Ellie Duff 2 hours ago

    When I was 15, I found out I had scoliosis. I went through a year of physical therapy that didn't correct it then had surgery when I was 16. The doctor couldn't even fix all of it. The doctor said that was the best they could do. At 16, I was basically told I was going to be in pain for the rest of my life. I just had to deal with it. That really messed me up. It took a lot of time for my mental and physical strength to recover from that. Then, when I was 19, I got hit by a car while crossing the street. It broke my ankle. I already had problems with that ankle because my scoliosis caused me to put more weight on that foot than the other. I had to get two surgeries on it. I now have chronic back and ankle pain despite having surgery. After that happened, I really wanted to give up. I was so angry. Why did I keep getting hurt? Why couldn't I just be healthy? I joke that I'm just alive out of spite at this point. Chronic pain can't kill me, depression couldn't kill me, and a car couldn't kill me. I'm currently studying abroad in South Korea. 16 year old me was scared to leave the house and now 21 year old me left the country! When people hear about my surgeries, they say "you're so brave." And like you said they act like having surgeries was a choice! That wasn't it. Me continuing to live was a choice. We're brave enough to keep going.

  • ChristinCe
    ChristinCe 2 hours ago

    This year has probably been the worst so far. I'm in my mid-twenties and my mum died six months ago. I would have never expected to lose her that early in my life. On top of that I went through a breakup. I'm so tired of losing people and of being strong. Nevertheless I know now how strong I am actually. Like you I know now that I can handle a lot. Life is so unfair but I'm not going to give up so there's not much you can do other than to just live on.

  • RonnaaFoogle
    RonnaaFoogle 3 hours ago

    I get called inspirational all the time but I don’t feel it, like I just got on with life. I was taken into care when I was 13 after my mum had her leg amputated and my extended family (bunch of arseholes) couldn’t look after me anymore. I experienced the loss of both my parents at the ages of 18 and 21. I still managed to get a first in my degree and now I have a job as a support worker for young people in the care system. 😊

  • Lenka Junová
    Lenka Junová 3 hours ago

    I think my biggest win yet is the fact I gathered the will power to hand over my resignation this month (btw. in my country you still have to work 2 full months after you do it). Unfortunately I am sometimes too much of a "people pleaser" and I am on very friendly terms with my supervisor and colleagues but at some point one must admit that it is not worth it to do a lot of overtime, take extra responsibilities and generally ease the work life for others/organization if it results in one's burn-out. Sometimes what looks like a loyalty is just fear of failing others. Well, now I am looking forward to having a little break in beginning of 2020 and looking for some new exciting job. Also once you realize there is never "a good time" to quit, it gets easier to do it :-D

  • Rhiun
    Rhiun 3 hours ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! Very inspiring :) Also: Your necklace is STUNNING! Where did you get it??

  • Tia Wallace
    Tia Wallace 4 hours ago

    I have hypomobility and fibromyalgia and get called brave after I've had to take a few days off work and get back (frequent cycle) and to be honest I het annoyed with it because it's not brave it's living with a chronic illness and it's gotten and getting worse over the years and for the most part I get really down about it all and have to stop myself from spiralling (I'm currently on my second day off work this week because I'm in too much pain and I had a day off last week, I'm getting really sick of having to take time off)

  • JenniferBronwen
    JenniferBronwen 4 hours ago

    Hi Hannah I have only watched the first minute and already want to say thank you. The overwhelming amount of positive inspo vids pissed me off for two years because I simply couldn't relate. I wasn't there yet and maybe never would be. I just needed it to be ok that I wasnt ok. I'm just here to say Hooray!!!! Nothing else x

  • Suvi Häkli
    Suvi Häkli 5 hours ago

    I love that top!

  • Wyattd m
    Wyattd m 6 hours ago

    I am proud of my body for adapting after fourteen surgeries and so many obstructions on order to have an amazing son who is going to be 10 soon. He and I are both autistic and have EDS but we never let anything stand in our way or hold us back

  • John Orr
    John Orr 7 hours ago

    You are an amazing person Hannah. I suffer from an illness that can 'Hit" at anytime. Sending my body into complete chaos. No warning. Leave my house perfectly fine, 15 minutes later- on my way to the hospital. No warning. Just BAM. This has been ongoing for years. Concerts? Events? Travel? I sometimes feel fine. Sometimes get a tour of the emergency health facilities. Add in anxiety, and over time, depression, things get bad. So Positivity? Just one day at a time. Sometimes and hour at a time. Living in the present moment, and SO grateful for days without issues. It's all we can do sometimes.

  • Miss Holiday Golightly

    Just wanted to say: I feel in awe of you, too!

  • Merle Jephson-King
    Merle Jephson-King 7 hours ago

    Hanna, I have had 11 surgeries, three of them for adhesions. My first surgery was at the age of five for appendicitis. I am 82 years old, so you have some time to catch up with me. Getting old is a priviladge that many people do not receive.

  • lilkatdevil
    lilkatdevil 8 hours ago

    Wow! This is awesome!

  • AmericanHothead
    AmericanHothead 8 hours ago

    "Worst day of my life" Haha. Hold on sister. This is going to be a bumpy ride.

  • Jason Croft
    Jason Croft 8 hours ago

    This is just so very cool.

  • Kamperee D
    Kamperee D 9 hours ago

    You are so full of life!! I so much hope the best for you!! I wish I had the power to heal.

  • kittenclaws
    kittenclaws 10 hours ago

    I'm just a month and a bit into recovery (I rolled a wheelchair van of 9000 lbs/4000 kg and my left arm was pinned under the vehicle) and... yeah. I still have the arm! But I am just starting to regain use of the arm and then I'll be relearning how to use the arm. I'm trying to curate my emotions (not denying the 'negative' ones but rather reinforcing the 'positive' ones) but... i'm just so tired. BUT! My friends and family have been so supportive and functionally helpful. I still have the arm and will regain most of its use. And while the scars won't be pretty, and I lost a patch on my head where hair won't grow back, I'm choosing to live without hiding any of my scars. I want people to see that they don't need to hide their scars to be pretty and confident or strong. Heck with it. Mentally I'm... crushed. I'm so used to having excellent propioception and my left arm feels like a foreign body at the moment. But I can recover and I hope someone sees my scars and is less afraid of how theirs will be perceived. But that's still not brave to me. In my mind, this is just how I need to be to survive. Anything less than facing this head-on and treating it as a fight, and I'll collapse. I am pretty sure the first person to call me brave will just cause me to start bawling lol

  • Martin Decamerone
    Martin Decamerone 10 hours ago

    Well I never really recovered, it effected a lot of parts of my body. U have to be careful osteoporosis, chronic infections, tendinitis..... take care of vitamins and other ingredients your body doesn’t get anymore. Mentally I m fine;)

  • CaitysRAWR
    CaitysRAWR 10 hours ago

    Have always loved your videos Hannah. A week ago I got diagnosed with a chronic kidney stone condition and told I will have to have my kidney removed. I now can''t work or do much until I have had the surgery which they said could be in 2-3 months since I am on a waiting list. I am nervous about it all but it feels like this video came at the right time and shows me that things will be okay and I will recover and feel better than I do now

  • Natasha Orlando Figueiredo

    I totally relate to what you're saying about bravery. I was born with a birth defect called a cleft lip and palate and have had around a dozen surgeries since infancy to correct it. Friends and family told me from a young age how brave I was and it never made sense to me. I always felt like bravery had to involve a choice to do the scary thing, and I never had a choice. I kind of hate the word brave for that reason. Thanks for making videos like this, Hannah! They've really helped me along my healing journey and recovering from a lifetime of surgery. Much love ❤️

  • Spiffleh
    Spiffleh 11 hours ago

    In the words of Brene Brown "There is no courage without risk". So just surviving - going about your day - isn't a risky activity. Or it is at least the one risk (risking you won't suddenly die for some inexplicable reason) we can't really bother ourselves about. So that is why I agree that it wasn't necessarily brave of you to go through recovery. It was perhaps resilience but not bravery.

  • Ross Maclellan
    Ross Maclellan 12 hours ago

    I read my star sign but I don't really believe in it

  • Hamilton Champagne
    Hamilton Champagne 12 hours ago

    I love how she says "mummy" instead of mommy. It's sounds so cute, loving, and nurturing.

  • Julie Gurley
    Julie Gurley 12 hours ago

    Everyone of your subscribers absolutely love you and would love to be your pal......

  • Ross Maclellan
    Ross Maclellan 12 hours ago

    "They're all taller than me" Me: Wondering how tall Emma is now lol

  • Jennifer Adam
    Jennifer Adam 12 hours ago

    So much of this video resonated for me and I am so glad you shared it. I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 26 after fighting life threatening complications from delivering my son for nearly two years. By the time I found a doctor who would listen to me, I was already dying. The surgery saved me physically, but I was in a really dark mental and emotional place for a long time. Healing from all of that DEFINITELY made me realize how strong and determined I am. Now I look back on it as a gift in disguise. I hope you continue to gain strength and healing!!

  • Zach Hershman
    Zach Hershman 13 hours ago

    I always laugh when people talk about how brave I am for being able to go through all my health issues (total collectomy/ileostomy in 2015 and lived transplant in 2017). I don't usually know how I respond and just laugh it off saying "Eh. It was either that or die".

  • Rosalind Gray
    Rosalind Gray 13 hours ago

    I was the 1k person to like your video. Omg so good to hear your story. Xx

  • A Aran
    A Aran 13 hours ago

    hey hannah, I know that a while ago you were going through your make-up and figuring out what's cruelty free and what's not. I wanted to let you know that Olay is not cruelty free in case you were still sorting out your cosmetics by that.

  • TheOtherSideOfAlex
    TheOtherSideOfAlex 13 hours ago

    You are brave, by choosing to have and maintain the best attitude you can, when you could choose to complain and wallow in self pitty forever. it is a choice and you are making the best one for you and the people that love you by loving yourself well

  • E-Tetty VIG
    E-Tetty VIG 13 hours ago

    Is your stoma permanent?

  • Bee Poshek
    Bee Poshek 13 hours ago

    I'm feeling proud and capable right now because I just moved into my first apartment on my own from living in a toxic family home and I've been working hard to build consistent healthy habits! It's an imperfect journey but in still proud ♡

  • Andrew Plourde
    Andrew Plourde 13 hours ago

    I love this video. I've watched it 3 times. You can tell your so into it

  • Brett Carruthers
    Brett Carruthers 13 hours ago

    I'm distracted by the great hair.

  • MrFronzen
    MrFronzen 13 hours ago

    why does this video appear in my feed 7 months after it has been uploaded, i don't even know what a stoma is lmao

  • Andrew Harris
    Andrew Harris 14 hours ago

    Dont think it is really rare. Have had numerous surgeries since my emergency ileostomy. Just have to keep positive. It gets better. Eventually

  • Tricia T-B
    Tricia T-B 15 hours ago

    Hannah, thumbs and fingers and all digits up to you - you are awesome. I am struggling with my own health issues (at age 72 - so not so strong) but determined to win out. And watching you an what you've been through is encouraging to say the least. Happy Days : )

  • Rebecca Taylor
    Rebecca Taylor 15 hours ago

    Thank you for such an inspiring video. It's so nice to hear someone talking so openly about disability. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour which I had removed, but it led to complications meaning I now have a shunt (plastic tube and value keeping me alive!). When I got diagnosed it ignited this weird passion to do well in my GCSEs which I was doing at the time! I managed to get 10 A* grades and I'm damn proud of myself for it. I rocked it! Life isn't completely easy now, but whenever I'm going through something I always remind myself that I got through that. Xxx

  • Elena Benincasa
    Elena Benincasa 16 hours ago

    Hi Hannah. You're so amazing❤️

  • TheMajikelOne
    TheMajikelOne 16 hours ago

    Times I felt capable or brave? Running my 1st Half Marathon, despite having a snapped MCL from an old injury. Didn't think I could do it, set my fastest time, a PB. Raising money for Cancer Research by setting a Guinness World Record in gaming. Going self employed full time... this is probably the biggest one, that I'm thankful for every day. I have ADHD, which make a "Typical" work day difficult for me. Now I can set my own hours, I get varied and satisfying job, and even gave a talk at EGX recently to help people get in the same field. I try to keep perspective on all accomplishments in life tho, very hard to do. Too often we concentrate on the next achievement, pushing our goals further away as we achieve them. Sometimes it's worth being present in the moment and appreciating our achievements, loving ourselves and the life we have crafted.

  • Ela Sandín
    Ela Sandín 16 hours ago

    I got into my maths degree after a really hard last year of school in a bachibac program (mixture of the Spanish and French education system, which meant I was doing a French and Spanish history, a French oral and a French literature exam to get into uni as well as a maths, physics and biology exam, also to get into uni)!!

  • Hayley Teasdale
    Hayley Teasdale 16 hours ago

    You are absolutely spot on with the bravery assumption, its the same with 'you're such a fighter, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' as the opposite suggests that those who don't make it through either were weak or didn't 'fight'. Anyway, in 2006 at the age of 20 I was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, a really rare bone marrow failure disorder that is usually diagnosed in childhood. In brief, my bone marrow doesn't produce any red blood cells (amongst many other things), and since then I have had a blood transfusion every 6 weeks. I forget sometimes that not everyone has a day case admission as a routine thing. I have a full time job, a husband and live a normal every day life, being able to do that is the thing I feel most proud of. Its actually made me a better person, I'm more self aware, more considerate and mindful, but also more inquisitive and empowered to learn. As its such a rare condition it is very unlikely that I can visit a Doctor who has both experience and knowledge of the condition, so I have had to find the balance between making sure I get what I need without sounding like I am trying to undermine the professional. Its a very fine line!

  • Chris Holmstrom
    Chris Holmstrom 16 hours ago

    I understand the whole mental and physical recovery issues. I just turned 50, and so far I've had 30 surgeries and currently need #31. I've averaged one every 12 to 18 months for the last 10 years. Most are small surgeries thank goodness, but I still have to recover from them. I'm at a point I no longer worry about the surgery, that's old hat. It's the recovery that worries me. So Hannah bravery may not be the word to describe what you're going through. But you are being a badass for making it through to the other side of 2 surgeries.

  • John Durack
    John Durack 16 hours ago

    You are so brave and cool. You are an idol of mine.

  • Den Berry
    Den Berry 16 hours ago

    My teenage years... Moved school at 13 because school couldn't deal with me having mental health issues & suspected autism (still undiagnosed, not fun) to a Christian school where I was never accepted and constantly having to stand up for my little band of queers to senior management, lost a friend to a very public suicide & didn't tell anyone for 5.5 years, bullied & abused in almost every way possible for 3 years at school, dealt with my dad's health issues, came out as trans at 15 & lost all of my friends over it and family didn't understand enough to accept it, sat my GCSE's mid mental health crisis with no support, chronic, undiagnosed, untreated pain and recurrent injuries, moved out of my parent's home at 18 to keep myself safe, had another mental health crisis before my A levels and was in hospital when I should have sat them, had everyone in shock that I've survived so many suicide attempts and 7 years self harming with barely any support, 2 OD's in the space of a month that could have killed me, best friend saved my life from 100 miles away by getting people to look for me when I couldn't keep myself safe, 3 times. Lost another friend to suicide, found out 3 months after he died on world suicide awareness day, had to deal with the pressure of trying to look after my little sister, OD'd again because I couldn't cope. Now I'm alive because I metaphorically and literally chose to walk myself back from the edge. Redoing my last year at college and on track to potentially get 4 As, applying for uni, leaving supported accommodation as soon as I can, finally fitting in with a friendship group at college and long distance friends that are my chosen family. I didn't feel brave because it felt like a passive participant in it all. But I consciously decide every day to get up and keep going, and I feel brave for that.

  • PlethoraShae
    PlethoraShae 16 hours ago

    Pulled myself out of depression, put my needs first, and made some major life changes that helped me truly thrive :)

  • Sophie Clack
    Sophie Clack 16 hours ago

    I got severely ill with pericarditis in jan 2018, and am still recovering as I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, POTs syndrome/Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia and IBS. It was tough, I was barely in school and lost a lot of friends and mentally I was in a bad place. My life had fallen apart, I didn't feel like a person, I wasn't able to do things I loved or just be 'normal'. My partner at the time left me nearly a year ago, which was another low point, leaving me feeling unloved and unwanted and like there was nothing I had to give in life. I was just a burden. But a year and 9 months on, I've come so far. I built up stronger connections with a couple friends and I have a strong relationship with a partner who is everything and more. I even managed to get an A Level, and now I'm working towards an AS Level, grade 8 bass guitar and grade 8 LAMDA (to build up my confidence). I can do more than a year ago, even though it doesn't feel like it. I'm able to judge my energy levels better and find ways to manage my energy and so I can actually do more. I still struggle and have bad days, but I'm mentally in a better place, and know that I can get through things. Even if it's difficult. I know myself better, and I don't think I would ever know myself as well as I do now or be in such a mentally better place if I hadn't got ill. I have support and I'm forever grateful for it, and I'm proud of how far I've come.

  • Daisy Collins
    Daisy Collins 17 hours ago

    Don't Olay test on animals? And wasn't that something you were working on breaking away from? 👀

  • Heather Thompson
    Heather Thompson 17 hours ago

    I'm a student mental health nurse and we talk a lot about "discovery" rather than "recovery". Recovery seems to mean either getting back to who you used to be or going towards something, neither of which are that realistic or meaningful for people. Discovery is more of an ongoing process where you find out who you are now, maybe many times over. I feel you may identify with that! Lots of love, you're amazing xxx

  • Em Moore
    Em Moore 17 hours ago

    You just made me feel so much better about myself. I’ve been through so much too :)

  • pile333
    pile333 17 hours ago

    And I'm happy you completely recovered and now you're brighter than ever.

  • Raffi Marhaba
    Raffi Marhaba 17 hours ago

    Fetish part. Completely disagree with that guy's analogy. Having a fetish and feeling "outcasted" has nothing to do with how we, as trans queer folks feel. He's not SYSTEMICALLY oppressed. And here lies the main difference. Fetishizing one's body based on someone's identity isn't a preference. It's a deeper root that that person needs to investigate for themselves. It's reductionary and it isn't healthy for the other person.

  • Lucie Dvorakova
    Lucie Dvorakova 17 hours ago

    I had emergency abdominal keyhole surgery (appendicitis) in 2017 from witch I’m unfortunately still trying to recover. Your successive recovery process is helping me with my own very slow recovery journey. I think that by sharing your story you are giving lot’s of people hope that they can get through really though things.

  • Penny Mills
    Penny Mills 17 hours ago

    This may seem not that impressive compared to other people's stories, but two years ago I went to Germany to be a teaching assistant on my year abroad and it was so hard. I was living on my own in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no one my age in the town, I had no wifi and the teachers in the school were unfriendly and did not help me to settle in at all. At the time I didn't realise how down I was, but looking back at my 5 year diary (I also keep one!) I can tell that I was just so unhappy, so I'm really proud of myself that I got through it. I'm also proud that I found a solution - I decided to move to a city nearby and even though that meant I had a 3 hour round trip each day, I knew that it was worth it.

  • Monty Kruse
    Monty Kruse 17 hours ago

    And anyone going to Manchester for the Rugby tournament cheer for my nephew Harley Wheeler #8 on the USA team

  • chiefdancingostriche
    chiefdancingostriche 17 hours ago

    when i first went bra shopping. i wasn't sure i would survive that. i'm a man in a deep south american state. i wouldn't change that at all. if i had it to do over again. i'd probably do it sooner than later.

  • Travels in Fiction
    Travels in Fiction 17 hours ago

    I think a big achievement for me was pushing past my social anxiety at work and offering to help with the social media. It took so much and was really scary, but has been the most rewarding thing in creativity and in terms of taking control of my anxiety. That was a year ago, and I now lead the social media team! I’m so proud of myself for being able to push past my anxiety in that moment a year ago, and how far I’ve come since then. Thank you for this video, Hannah 💛

  • The Nerrdpit
    The Nerrdpit 18 hours ago

    i love that you totally celebrated your body and mind at the end. I love youuu!!! I have had chronic depression for half my life and I feel insanely proud that I am about to finish my master's degree in Linguistics despite having about two episodes a month which render me completely useless for days at a time.

    • The Nerrdpit
      The Nerrdpit 16 hours ago

      @Hannah Witton omg you replied. aaah. Been watching your channel waaay before your stoma. Always loved your energy and content <3

    • Hannah Witton
      Hannah Witton 18 hours ago

      Aaaw congrats!! That’s an amazing accomplishment!

  • Noor Aziah
    Noor Aziah 18 hours ago

    Well, since u asked...😋...I got chronicly ill at 25 (chronic fatigue, low immune system, chronic pain,...) was in bed most of the time for a few years. Had to stop working, my sickness- benefits were so low at some point that I couldn't pay rent anymore. Had a financial crisis, got super depressed and suicidal. Then survived a huge fire with explosions, got very bad PTSD. And many other crazy things happened in a short period... I really was so shocked of how life could look like. It felt like I was in a television soap. I liked hearing from u how u learned to live more in the moment. It reminded me to see it as a good thing as well. And not only see it as 'I can never plan anything'.

    • Noor Aziah
      Noor Aziah 17 hours ago

      @Hannah Witton Doing better now, thank u!😊 I think the problem is that no one prepares us for bad luck in life. Parents and teachers teach us that life depends on studies, career etc. As if everything will be a consequence of good choices and hard work. No one prepares u for the possibility that illness could influence your career, that u might not be able to get pregnant and have the family u wanted. Just simply that life happens and bad luck could come your way. Maybe it's just me but I totally got a shock waking up from teletubbieland. I'm convinced things would have been easier if I was prepared better for real life with the downs included. That's why I find channels like yours so important 👏

    • Hannah Witton
      Hannah Witton 18 hours ago

      Woah that really does sound like a soap opera. Hope you’re alright x

  • Steph Howell
    Steph Howell 18 hours ago

    I had 3 surgeries through my GCSE years. Managed to get 7 C's which was so proud of. Then went to sixth form and had another surgery to correct a Scoliosis. Did my A-levels over 3 years and managed to get accepted to university. Was a dream come true. My own independence and freedom. Didn't have to be the ill girl anymore, could start afresh. First year was the hardest as had to build a lot of muscles and stamina. That was the start of my recovery. I couldn't walk far. Had so much pain. Now 7 years later I go out for runs, do 10k steps a day, getting married next year, hold down a good job and living my best life. My past teenage self wouldn't have believed it as things were really tough. Same as you didn't ever think I was brave as just had to get on with it. Every day was a new day

  • gelasjams
    gelasjams 18 hours ago

    I've been through a rough couple years. 2018 was the year of the knee surgery. I had surgery on my left knee, recovered and then had the same surgery on my left knee. Only my left knee didn't recover as well and left me a bit disabled. This year I've had some GI issues and just a few days ago was diagnosed with gastroparesis, which basically means I have a paralyzed stomach. So much has changed in my life lately but I'm still kicking and doing my best despite how awful I might feel.

  • Lava Yuki
    Lava Yuki 18 hours ago

    You're so strong having to go through all those surgeries! I've only ever had one surgery experience but it was elective cosmetic and recovery was painful and took 3 weeks for the pain to go, but emergency op and feeling ill must have been tough. I used to work in general surgery and I remember bowel obstruction was not uncommon. Glad you made a good recovery,

  • JudyCZ
    JudyCZ 18 hours ago

    This video reminded me that I need to start writing to my 5-year journal again. It's amazing how much you can trackback.

    • Hannah Witton
      Hannah Witton 17 hours ago

      I’ve been doing it for 7 years!! I love it!

  • Soft Marshmello
    Soft Marshmello 18 hours ago

    Omg yes the "youre so brave" because i went through 2 surgeries while everything shouldve been fine after the first one and never expected to have to go through everything again. Yes it sucks but i dont really have a choice. I also had that i cried so much after my (second) surgery cuz i couldnt stay awake to text my (long distance relationship) boyfriend. Had so similar experience with mentsl health its so chill to hear im not alone. Atm 7 weeks post surgery

  • Grayson J.
    Grayson J. 18 hours ago

    I have so many gastro. Issues and Hannah you are such an inspiration and you have helped me so much. I have IBS-C and gastroparesis. I felt strongest when I got tested for all my illness such as two endoscopy, dyed gastroparesis Test, pelvic floor balloon test and I’m so grateful my body keeps going ❤️🤗

  • Dahn
    Dahn 18 hours ago

    To the editor of the video. Hey there, please, slow down! There were so many chops, cuts and zooms in this that I literally couldn't watch it, it was making me feel sick! It was so disjointed in places that I really felt queasy, and I don't tend to get like that. Sorry, but I had to mention it.

  • Floxy
    Floxy 18 hours ago

    last year i've made a NYear resolution to do a 30 pushups a day for a year, bc that was the thing i was so very bad at. and i did (minus the days i was sick or somethign). now i can do 50 (70% of days). Even though i still do it on an angle, pushing from the bed, it helped me develop real life pecs??

  • Jesse Clark
    Jesse Clark 18 hours ago

    Thank you for making these videos about your recovery journey. I was always terrified about the idea of getting surgery for my UC. I ran across your channel describing your experience as I was starting to run out of meds to try, and it showed me that while it was definitely a big thing to go through, I could get my life back after. I had a colectomy in April, and in two weeks I'll be going in for my second (of three) surgery to have a J-pouch made. I know the recovery will be rough, but I've seen how much progress I've made after the first one and I'm actually excited to get through the rest.

    • tony wampler
      tony wampler 15 hours ago

      Jesse Clark stay strong it’s tuff, I had those 3 surgeries in 2006 , for my Uc, mine was severe.. but my life is much better now . I’m not sick all the time any more

  • Daniela Salazar
    Daniela Salazar 18 hours ago

    I think you feel this way bc youre a sex ed COMMUNICATOR through mostly online content, being an EDUCATOR is a totally different skillset. Causing learning is teaching, delivering accessible content is a communicator.

  • shawnbethea_
    shawnbethea_ 18 hours ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I also live with IBD. I lived with an ostomy for about 6 months and now live with a jpouch. So true. We can #faceanything & certainly agree, recovery is so different for everyone. You are deff an inspiration! xxx

  • Dt Abyss
    Dt Abyss 18 hours ago

    You are an inspiration beautiful inside and out and I appreciate your strength

  • Daniela Salazar
    Daniela Salazar 18 hours ago

    Hanna. I. love. u. But. when. you. talk. like. thus. and. its. hard. to. Not. Laugh.

  • Leopard-King
    Leopard-King 18 hours ago

    I realized something between watching this video, a Taylor Swift compilation, and a Louis C. K. stand up performance; a click track is exactly what you imagine it to be! No but seriously, I just found out what that was today. Okay that said, the grander revelation is how younger generations have become more sensitive. While walking my dog it came to be in a brilliant flash; social media has essentially made keeping a journal more popular than sports and fashion. It use to be that writing down your thoughts was the domain of brooding outcasts, heartbroken folk, therapy patients, and shut-ins. Now a strobe light and speaker system has been installed in the diary and now you can't beat back this capacity crowd. Tech giants have Marry Poppin's a generation into thinking introspection is cool. They didn't even see it coming. On the whole I think this is a good thing. Sometimes you have showcases of overly dramatic expression (I wouldn't know anything about that at all) and other times you have the feigning wellness, but on the whole I think we care more about our inner life than previously. We want to be fitted with our neighbor's moccasins. If life is about communion, even though social media is reviled as an evil cesspool, I see something different in these formats. I see a clumsy but determined march toward prizing relationships over material things and vain benchmarks. Being articulate in print may give some the impression of a fire breather in person. I am all but mute in daily life. With the exceptional company one or two, my lips barely part. I almost feel like the blind when dueling with the sighted. There is always a moments where a light bulb blows and the line of, "Welcome to my world," must be delivered prior to a proper ass kicking. I am actually more than happy to share this space with new comers. I simply request the rank of king ;-)

  • Samuel Freeman
    Samuel Freeman 18 hours ago

    Hey! I just found your page. I have cerebral palsy, epilepsy, scoliosis and asthma. Sigh.

  • Kristina Korenkova
    Kristina Korenkova 18 hours ago

    Yeah, I wouldnt call it bravery either. But what they mean is that you are a strong person to get through all that with your head held high and such a positive attitude. Im suffering from an autoimmune disease which prevents me from having a normal life. But I try to keep positive and be grateful for what I can do - I can walk without assistance, which shouldnt be taken for granted. Instead of focusing what I cant do and what I dont have Im trying to focus on what I can. But I sometimes feel sorry for myslef as I know my problems are chronic and thus never ending.

  • Tiah Beautement
    Tiah Beautement 18 hours ago

    I felt damn proud of myself taking an overnight trip on the motorcycle the other week. Due to my disabilities, I can’t drive a motorcycle. But thanks to an injury to my knee, I wasn’t riding because...how do I walk when after you get off? Folding cane. It rocks. Also delighted I am still horseriding through all this. 500kg of horse is one heck of a knee brace. No way the knee cap can float out of place with the horse pressing against it. Two hours a week, I get to be fierce and free, thanks to my loyal (borrowed) horse.

  • A Moore
    A Moore 19 hours ago

    My surgery got cancels as I was sitting on the trolly with my bum showing through the wonderful nhs gown. I just want my New anus and colon but it's just a waiting game. Glad your doing good and still upbeat. Your eyes say it all...have a nice night.

  • Nikki Williamson
    Nikki Williamson 19 hours ago

    When I was 11, I got sick. After several months I was diagnosed with ME/CFS. I was bedbound, sleeping 23 hours a day. Since then I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic migraines and colitis (they aren’t sure if it’s UC or crohn’s but they are sure that it’s one of the two). When I was 14, there was trauma that led to PTSD and an eating disorder. I started smoking weed a lot (which was great for my pain but not for my mental health). I’m now 26. I am no longer on antidepressants or any medicine for my mental health. I can walk with a walking frame usually and sometimes even without a walking frame and I have a much more normal sleep pattern. I’ve had relationships, which would have been impossible at my worst- how can you meet someone when you’re asleep 23 hours a day? I’ve got 8 GCSEs, 1 A level and 1 AS level and I did a year and a half at the Open University before I decided it wasn’t for me. I’ve taught myself spanish, guitar, ukulele and piano and I’m writing a book. I also put together a poetry anthology for charity that came out last year. I’m still unable to work but I’ve accepted that and manage to be content with my life most days. It’s taken a lot of work, physical therapy and mental therapy to get to this point. People tell me I’m brave. But I had no choice but to keep going. I was too terrified of dying to kill myself, though I often wanted to, so if I didn’t kill myself because that was too terrifying, my only option was to keep going. There were things that were a choice- keeping going with education and music and spanish, but they were a choice between watching tv all day being bored and finding something to do so I still find it weird when people call me brave.

  • Emzbratz
    Emzbratz 19 hours ago

    I had knee surgery 10 weeks ago and the first time I left the house by myself was... weird. I felt embarrassed because of my limp and my crutch. I felt like people were staring at me. I was worried I would fall over and hurt my knee further. But actually everyone was lovely. The bus driver and passengers were patient with me when I was getting on and off the bus. I got offered a seat and I made it to the hospital by myself for my physio. Now I feckin love my crutch. It gives me so much confidence and just reminds me to take my time when I'm getting about.

  • sanni
    sanni 19 hours ago

    Honestly, I hope I'm in the middle of what'll be my 'surprised at my own strength' story. I'm having open abdominal surgery in a week to get out a Large Boi cyst that's been wrecking havoc covertly for at least 6 months. I'm kind of freaking out, but I've managed to stay positive so far - it's been a whole 10 hours since I had the surgery talk with my doctor, so honestly I feel like I'm doing pretty well. In the past year I've gotten through depression and a pretty bad case of burn-out, and I have an even better support system in place now. Having watched your recovery definitely helps as well, even if our situations are different. This was a good video for me to watch today, thank you!

  • Monty Kruse
    Monty Kruse 19 hours ago

    I love when you have surgery and loss weight because you can eat anything then you are told drink ensure or boost and they all don't taste good. I have had ups and downs over the many years after my J pouch have done alot of races. Then had to stop after the 1/2 Ironman. Then had to give up my running and tri's . I had to have spinal surgery.

  • JesusBooksMusic
    JesusBooksMusic 19 hours ago

    I want to read the book you mentioned, but it looks like it's only available in the UK?

  • Alice Coppin
    Alice Coppin 19 hours ago

    I found out over a year ago I have Madelung Deformity which lead to me having wrist surgery in London (I'd moved to Worcester during the process) in June this year. They needed to remove a significant amount of bone and put in a metal plate to get the ulnar to grow straight. I was petrified as I've never general anesthetic or any type of surgery and there's always that thought in your head about not waking up. I cried nearly everyday leading up to it. I was in a full arm cast for about 4/5 weeks and then a forearm cast for another 2. (I should add this was during the heatwave we had in the UK, so it wasn't the most comfortable thing to wear!) Recovery has been hard but I have the majority of my wrist/hand movement back and now working on my grip strength, etc. I probably have one more physio session to go and I'm quite proud of myself for getting through it! It really helped that I had family in London to look after me and my boyfriend when I'd got back home. 😊

  • steph
    steph 19 hours ago

    Two months ago I broke down in my doctor's office and confessed to the eating disorder I've had for seven years. Just over a month ago I was hit by a car while walking home. It was something I never expected would happen to me, and the recovery process with healing and catching up in school while still trying to battle my eating disorder has been the hardest thing I have ever done. This video, especially what you said about bravery being active and not realizing how incredible out bodies are, really struck a chord with me. Thank you for all that you do with your platform, you truly are a role model.

  • Jade Damboise Rail
    Jade Damboise Rail 19 hours ago

    That outfit though. Just wow.

  • Shaye Eller
    Shaye Eller 19 hours ago

    “You’re so brave” all too often means “I can’t imagine going through what you’re going through without curling into a little ball and dying.” And I just think, No dude, you don’t understand - sometimes I WANT to curl into a ball and die, but you just gotta slog through. That’s not bravery, it’s determination. I think the sentiment is meant to convey admiration for that quality - but it can come off as “Wow, your life is barely worth living!” and that is the last thing you need to hear. Sometimes I look back on things I’ve gone through and wonder how I managed it. My “worst year” was 2010. I was hospitalized with a mystery illness that turned out to be autoimmune hepatitis. That meant I had to take prednisone PLUS another immune suppressant for an entire year, and being on prednisone long term is awful. I went slowly down in dosage but it seemed like every new dosage brought some new and terrible side effect, and because they were immune suppressants I was sick ALL the time. I had no paid time off left by May due to my hospitalization/recovery, and so I just had to go to work with whatever awful bug I acquired. I basically worked and slept. I don’t think I got out of bed on the weekends for over six months and I perfected the art of the car nap. Then at the end of the year, just after I was starting to feel slightly better - but by no means fully recovered - my best friend died unexpectedly. That became its own slog through grief and depression. I look back and I really don’t know how I managed to keep going through all of that - but you do what you gotta do. People never really know what they’re capable of withstanding until they’ve gone through the fire.

    • Shaye Eller
      Shaye Eller 8 hours ago

      Dainty Brighton GIRL I feel you. I always said I'd never take prednisone (I saw it basically ruin my grandfather's health) but when the doctor says, "Take this or you'll die" that conviction disappears pretty fast. The friend I lost was the kind who was there for me no matter what - but because I was so sick in the months before she had her accident, I didn't see her as much as I normally would have and that hurts. I hope you see an upswing soon! I also have connective tissue problems and I know that can have its own issues outside of autoimmune stuff.

    • B
      B 11 hours ago

      As a disabled person I think a good replacement phrase is 'i really admire the way you are handling this'

    • Dainty Brighton
      Dainty Brighton 14 hours ago

      WOW, thank you so much for posting this! I'm going through steroid treatment as well as chemo to suppress my immune system. I've been doing the chemo off and on for years but have been having to do it seriously to fight for my lungs for almost 2 years now. "Chemo" is a strong word that I avoided for a while but I sort of learned to embrace but that is a whole other story. Just to shorten it, they use it as chemo and I have the same reaction to cancer patients using it and it's been the best way for me to be able to quickly tell people around me what's going on. I've got mixed connective tissue and the lung part I'm fighting right now is interstitial lung disease from the auto immune collection I have. It got really bad over the summer and that is why I'm on steroids now. I hadn't been on steroids for I think 7 years and when I went off them all that while ago I said the only way I would go back on them would be if I had morphine and was hospitalized (I thought I was going to have a stroke). I had it via IV with the chemo over the summer and someone botched the order and gave me a giant dose and I'm still trying to figure out what happened. The blurred vision side effect made me go legally blind temporarily. That was the worst side effect probably. I'm on a lower dose (that I was supposed to be on earlier) and I'm still having blurred vision so I'm actually surprised I have been able to type this much. I'm just waiting for my eyes to give out! Sorry, I'm just rambling about myself and not getting to why I wanted to thank you, lol! That kind of feels like a thing in our community, though, doesn't it? We have to explain our condition to each other so the other one knows we're in the same club or something. It was not an easy decision for me to do steroids again or even chemo. When I went off chemo the last time before I started coughing up blood two years ago, I said I was never going to try another kind again and was going to take life as it came to me. It was a quality of life decision. But then my nephew was born in between. Now I'm fighting for him, too. I wasn't sure about trying steroids again, but I had literally just had a conversation where I flat out refused when he told me he is going to be a big brother. I took it as a sign and did a 180 and had another talk with my rheumatologist. One of the biggest things that helped me make the decision was one of my doctors saying, "Nobody wants to take steroids." I don't know, just having him be real like that and showing how it isn't hard just for me but for other people, too, did something. Maybe I wasn't as much of a wimp as I thought I was for reacting so badly to them? And this doctor has one of the worst bedside manners of all the specialists I see, lol! I kind of put up with him because he's the only specialist in his field I can really go to. Anyway, I've been having a really awful day with everything and then this video popped up and then your comment was there (remember my eyes, lol!) and everything was so perfect! I'm not alone!!! And that is another thing about this community: we get excited to not be alone but then I go and feel bad because I don't want other people to have to go through what I'm going through, lol! I am so sorry for everything you went through and that part about your friend really got to me. I have made friends through my whole journey (I'm in my early 30s and have medical issues my whole life but started figuring out the auto immune part as a teenager) but there comes a time when I just can't keep it up. I know they get it and the good friends are the ones that won't drop me when I can't be a good friend, but it hurts me so much to be such a horrible friend. I'm terrified that when I have to "check out" and take care of myself for however long that is, something is going to happen to one of my friends. I haven't been as close but I have known people who have died and I feel bad enough about that already. I know I can't live my life wondering "what if?" but just thinking of those I lost and have so many regrets for not trying harder to stay in touch. Something I did want to also comment on is the "being brave" part. I totally get what you and Hannah are saying and have some of the same reactions. Back to the chemo part (there was a reason I wanted to get that in there earlier!), I was watching wig videos here on TVclip earlier and a couple times I would comment on a video or another person's comment and right away people would say, "You are brave!!!" I kind of froze and didn't know how to react. I kind of thought, "You just know I'm on chemo, you don't know anything about me . . . " Not like I took it as an insult or anything, I was just kind of confused. I thought about it a lot (we have too much time with our thoughts, lol!) and I kind of wonder if some of it is trying to build us up? Well, obviously, I'm pretty sure they do mean it as a compliment of some kind. But I heard about the law of attraction and I was wondering if there was something like that going on. If we hear we are brave enough, we will feel brave and when we are having troubles we will remember that and be inspired? So I've got a couple weeks left on this steroid course and I could be panicking and wondering how I'm going to get through it, but then if I had been told I was brave enough and it was so positively reinforced, maybe my mind will go to that positive place more often? I'm sorry, I'm not sure if that makes any sense, lol! It's actually my first time trying to write it out and my eyes are all messed up by now so I'm having trouble even seeing what I'm typing. But I'm feeling like I'm getting power from the "you are brave!"s? Sorry if this is just one huge mess and I hope I was able to connect it back to your original comment! Thank you so much for writing this and for all the people who upvoted it so I could see it right away! And thank you of course to Hannah for making this video in the first place <3 And you know what? You ARE brave! We can choose not to take the hellish treatments and just die but we don't. You didn't have to take those medications but you did because you wanted to live and be healthier. Deferred gratification. We choose suffering, but we also choose thriving. Even if we don't make it, at least we fought! Okay, okay, I'm so worried that when my eyes are working better I'm going to come back and see this and cringe so maybe I should just stop there, lol! Keep fighting everyone! Look for opportunities to be brave so you feel like you have earned it when "normal" people use that word ;)

    • tony wampler
      tony wampler 15 hours ago

      Shaye Eller pure truth !!

  • Kyla Sutherland
    Kyla Sutherland 19 hours ago

    Thank you for sharing about your recovery journey and thus update. It is particularly great timing for me as I am having surgery again at the end of October. Watching your videos about dealing with U.C., surgeries, and having a stoma are what always make me feel like things will be okay. I love your channels :)

  • Monish Kumar
    Monish Kumar 19 hours ago

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  • Levente Kibedi
    Levente Kibedi 19 hours ago

    Your a strong woman Hannah keep it up💪

  • Reinaldo Velez
    Reinaldo Velez 19 hours ago

    First love that blouse, But u knew that, U look great. We all know u r really strong! A lots of love!

  • Kaylie Pendleton
    Kaylie Pendleton 19 hours ago

    Dude I get the brave thing I had cancer when I was two and people call me inspiring. But Im like I wasn't even conscious of what was happening

  • Myles White
    Myles White 20 hours ago

    Aww you're so amazing!!! I love your positivity!!!! I hope you're days are going well!!! I wish you all the happiness! Sending you a million hugs!!! 😭💕💛💛💛💛💛🙏😍😘🤗🥰

  • Jenna W
    Jenna W 20 hours ago

    I live in a foreign country at the moment where my native language is not the primary language, especially in the small community where I work, so everyday that I manage to use and improve my language skills to get through my daily life here is huge for me. This is my second year with this job that brought me here, and it is amazing to see how much I have grown in my language skills and my confidence since I arrived last year. I love my life here, and I am so proud of myself for all the hard work that brought me here, and also that keeps me through the process with a smile on my face.

  • Wes Moran
    Wes Moran 20 hours ago

    I have untreated microscopic colitis (suspected ulcerative colitis) but havent been able to get treated yet. Living through the daily colon pain has been a lot. I faced and overcame quite a lot with surviving homelessness 7 times :)

  • Larissa
    Larissa 20 hours ago

    I have felt really strong but weak at the same time for the last year or so. I have been struggling a lot with my (mental and physical) health, and after months I was finally diagnosed with IBS and adenomyosis, but at the same time that I was figuring all this out I also got my first ever job. Now, this meant I was absent quite a lot because of GP/hospital visits, or just being too ill to work, but still I was working hard whenever I was at work, and my manager clearly saw my efforts and was really impressed with my results, because a couple of months ago I was given a permanent contract (not sure if this translates well, but basically a better contract from my employer with more security)!