Carrie Grant offers support to newly diagnosed TOWIE star Sam Faiers
After Sam Faiers bravely opened up about her diagnosis with Crohn’s disease in this week’s issue of Now magazine, fellow celebrity and Crohn’s sufferer Carrie Grant has offered Sam advice in this heartfelt open letter.
Carrie was diagnosed with Crohn’s after experiencing symptoms as a teenager and in 1989 underwent surgery to have 8in of her bowel removed.
The mother-of-three has often spoken out in the past about her condition in the hope of offering support to others battling the disease. Here is the advice she had to offer Sam…
When I was first diagnosed with CD at 20 years old I was relieved – pleased that I finally had a name for the symptoms I was experiencing.
I’d been ill for two years and, like many people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, it took ages to diagnose – numerous doctors and hospital tests and different so called’ remedies – none of which helped the symptoms or relieved the pain.
One of the hardest things about having this disease is that no one wants to talk about their bottom and certainly not what comes out of them. You feel ashamed and isolated.
Back then I remember feeling disappointed that my life felt as though it had been reduced to pain management and hospital visits, especially when I had surgery and was in hospital for weeks on end but I think it takes a while to adjust.
You are now at the beginning of a very long and sometimes frustrating journey, but the key is to learn how to own your illness without being defined by it.
There is the fight in your body but the fight in your head is where the real battle takes place. Life is not over, this will not be the sum total if everything you do.
So stand strong, when you go to see your specialist remember you are not a victim – you are the expert client because no one knows your condition better than yourself.
The charity Crohns and Colitis UK are a huge help.
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