NATALIE Garton, 32, is a full-time mum and lives in Derby with her sons Leo, 10, and Riley, seven. Here, she reveals how living with Chron's disease helped her find love. Staring at the balloons above my bed, I could feel myself getting tearful. I’d just turned 30, and had spent the day in hospital preparing for major surgery to have part of my bowel removed and a bag attached to my stomach. Life would never be the same again. During my childhood I’d often suffered from constipation and diarrhoea, but as I’d been born with arthritis doctors assumed this was a side effect of my medication. While it was embarrassing dashing to the toilet, it never ruled my life. Even when I met my husband Stuart in my early 20s, it wasn’t too much of an issue. Stuart and I moved in together and we had Leo in 2008 and then Riley in 2011. The following year we married and it felt like everything was fitting into place. But when we returned from our honeymoon in September 2012, I … [Read more...] about Woman reveals how Crohn’s disease helped her meet the man of her dreams
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A man who has beaten the symptoms of Crohn's disease with a natural remedy after years of suffering from the chronic illness is now aiming to help others with the condition. James Cook-Coulson, who lives in North Lincolnshire, was told at the age of 21 that he had a 50 per cent chance of dying, was offered steroids and immune suppressants and was told if that did not work, he would have to have his large intestine and part of his small intestine removed and have a colostomy bag fitted. He first discovered he had the illness after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which turned out to be Crohn’s disease. His weight plummeted from 11st to 8.5st and he tried a number of remedies, including a liquid diet. But after a journey of research had led him to Australia, a chance meeting with a nutritionist through a friend of his sister, who lived there, went on to change his life. Now, he has set up his own business supplying the Fibremune food product, containing a powerful … [Read more...] about Man who beat Crohn’s disease with natural remedy aims to help others
WHEN she was at school, Lauren Reed was plagued by sharp, stabbing pains in her tummy. At 14, she started to feel tired all the time before noticing splashes of bright red blood in the loo after doing a number two. Mum, Tracy, took her to their family doctor. Investigations were done, but at first, specialists couldn’t find anything wrong. But seven years later, the 21-year-old said she's been left with a "Barbie bumhole", after doctors were forced to remove her rectum to treat severe bowel disease. "They seemed to think I was attention-seeking, even asking me to take pictures of the toilet bowl, after using it, to prove I really was losing blood," Lauren told The Sun. "Over the next couple of years, my symptoms gradually worsened, until I needed to open my bowels up to 15 times daily. Worst of all, I got an awful feeling of urgency whenever I needed to go. "If I couldn’t get to the loo straight away, I couldn’t hold it and might have an accident." Increasingly … [Read more...] about Waitress, 21, left with ‘Barbie bumhole’ after rectum is REMOVED when tummy ache turns out to be Crohn’s disease
CROHN'S Disease is an ongoing and life-long condition once diagnosed and there is no cure for the disease. It was name after a New York doctor, Burrill Crohn, who reported a number of cases back in 1932. Magician Dynamo is a sufferer and has been pictured with a severely swollen face after having treatment for the condition. What is Crohn's Disease? It is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system. The inflammation is the body's reaction to injury or irritation, and can cause redness, swelling and pain. It is often described as a chronic condition and although sufferers will have periods of good health, there are flare-ups where symptoms are more active. It is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - the other is a condition known as Ulcerative Colitis. It can be caused by the genes a person has inherited, an abnormal reaction of the immune system and is probably triggered by something in the environment. A few celebrities have gone public with their … [Read more...] about What is Crohn’s disease, what are the symptoms of Sam Humphrey’s condition, does it cause weight gain and how’s it treated?
Cambridge life science start-up PredictImmune has received £4.3m to fund a study of its novel test for Crohn's disease. The Wellcome Trust is providing the cash to support a prospective multi-centre clinical trial of the prognostic biomarker test for treatment guidance in Crohn’s disease, which is one of the major forms of inflammatory bowel disease. The study is sponsored by Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University. The PredictImmune biomarker test was developed and validated in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients by researchers at the university's department of medicine, part-funded by Wellcome. A simple whole blood test based on genetic markers, it enables for the first time and at first diagnosis of disease, prediction of which course a patient’s illness will take and, therefore, identification of patients likely to experience a severe, relapsing form of disease. Other studies have shown that patients who are … [Read more...] about Amazing new test could offer accurate diagnosis of Crohn’s disease