Personal Stories

DENIAL TO ACCEPTANCE – MY JOURNEY WITH CROHN’S

Hello, my name’s Luke and I’m a Crohn’s disease sufferer. There, I said it. Kind of feels like a weight off your shoulders when you say it out in the open like that. Suffering from a chronic illness such as Crohn’s can be like having a closet addiction. It’s not talked about openly and it’s very ugly. I was diagnosed with indeterminate Crohn’s/Colitis at the age of thirteen. Now I’m in my late 30s and I’m fairly well qualified as a Crohn’s sufferer…

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SETBACKS TO SUCCESS – THE DAVID GARRAD STORY

Listen to an inspirational story from David Garrad, a US Pro quarterback who successfully returned to professional sport, not allowing Crohn’s Disease to keep him from his game.

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A MOTHER’S SORROW WITH ULCERATIVE COLITIS

I am lying beside my baby at 3am. I can hear his rapid breathing and feel his racing heart. He seems more relaxed when I am here, or maybe it just makes me feel better. My first born baby is 10-years-old. Five days ago he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis…

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MY LOSS OF DIGNITY WITH IBD

It was early on following my irritable bowel disease (IBD) diagnosis and I had been unwell for some time. I had been in hospital and was on a new drug to try and settle things down. I was feeling really good for the first time in a long while. My partner and I were going to a ball. I had splashed out and bought a fantastic dress that I would probably never wear again and would be paying off for months to come. I just wanted to go, feel great and look fantastic. I wanted to be a normal person for just a few hours…

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MY SON HAS OROFACIAL GRANULATES – A FATHER’S STORY

Kaine was diagnosed with Crohns at about six-years-of-age. Orofacial granulates is a form of Crohns disease which was confined to the mouth area, but has since advanced throughout our sons gastrointestinal system…

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