crohns disease

My horrifying experience with Crohn’s disease proves it isn’t just a ‘toilet disease’

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From what I can remember it all started in October 2013.

At the end of September I had started to feel slightly unwell – but I didn’t think anything of it as I’d been to Cannock Chase and completed the Go Ape treetop challenge.

Fast forward a month and I could hardly walk around due to pains in my abdomen. I was tired and my appetite had started to decrease.

I can’t remember a lot between then and when I was first admitted to hospital other than lots of doctors trips where I was told the pains were all in my head, that I wasn’t eating because I didn’t want to and that I wasn’t ill, I just ‘had anorexia’.

All I wanted was for someone to listen. Why were the people that are supposed to help you the most, the ones that were failing me?

My admission was great timing, it was my 18th birthday. I was told I had appendicitis and was given IV antibiotics.

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