World IBD day is this Saturday, 19th May 2018, and ALBOS reader Shona Jade tells her story about her diagnosis and treatment
As a pupil at Alleyne’s High School (now Academy), Shona was concerned how her peers would react to her diagnosis. However, with the fantastic support of her friends, family and health professionals she tackled her treatment head-on.
According to the NHS Crohn’s is a long life condition in which parts of the digestive system become inflamed. Our symptoms will often appear as diarrhoea, stomach cramps, blood in your poo, tiredness and weight loss.
I suffered in silence for 6 months, experiencing severe loss of bowel control. I became worried how people would react at school, and I was scared of what this could mean for my condition.
My diagnosis meant I was to undertake regular hospital trips which included blood tests and other investigations.
Treatment included daily medication, being fed via a nasal tube directly into the stomach. (This is not as distressing as it sounds) and later on having an infusion every 8 weeks.
My confidence was helped very much by the nurses, doctors and consultants without whom I would not be able to continue my treatment.
I was undertaking my GCSES at the time of my diagnosis and held down a Saturday job at a local salon at the time of my treatment. I now work for myself as a hairdresser, with continuing support from my family and friends.
If you are experiencing any of the above, remember. YOU ARE NOT ALONE