From the word go I always suffered with my bowels as a child.
Often hanging round toilets in school, my mum worried about me – but it wasn’t until I got to secondary school that I started to get really poorly.
One day I plucked up the courage to tell mum about the pain I had been experiencing on my bottom to which she took a look and was horrified at what she saw. I had a huge open ulcer about 7cm wide spread across my bottom and up my bumcheek. I could barely walk as it would rub against the other and I was in so much pain.
School was a nightmare, the teachers made me do P.E and I had to hide my pain and fight back the tears, mum marched me to the doctors and that’s where all the tests began. I was referred to the hospital where I was given my diagnosis of perianal Crohn’s disease, which meant I had Chrohn’s around the anus.
I was first put on a liquid diet called modulen for 6 months. It was the most miserable time of my life, I missed food so much.