Tia's story

My first conversation about Crohn’s Disease was with my family. I decided to tell them because I was in and out of hospital having surgery and became very poorly. I thought it was best to tell them because they could see I wasn’t my usual self.

My family were very understanding, and they still are now. I am now in a position where I can joke about my Crohn’s - being light heartedly makes it that bit easier!

Talking made me realise that I shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed of my Crohn’s. This is me, like it or lump it. I am now able to talk freely about my illness. My family, friends, colleagues and even new people I have met through this lifelong journey, are all very understanding!

Open up and offload all the stress you’re carrying - it’s worth it. You’ll feel 100% better after. And the more you open up the more you’re raising awareness. Together we’ll beat this.