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About Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and IBD

What are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis?

This site contains detailed information on the symptoms of Crohn’s, who gets the disease and the current research into cures for inflammatory bowel conditions.

But perhaps the best way to get an understanding of this condition is to hear from one of its sufferers. Below, Susan Pollock tells her story.

What’s it like to live with these conditions?

Susan Pollock was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease eleven years ago. At the time Susan was working as a Planner full-time with a manufacturing company and was juggling this with ‘normal’ family life -caring for a three year old daughter. It was quite a traumatic time as she lost over three stones in weight and had to have surgery to remove a large area of inflammation. Susan had terrific support from her husband and family and over time my health has significantly improved.

Susan was pleased to say that as a result of the surgery combined with excellent medical support, She is living life to the full, a new, rewarding and challenging career and six years ago she gave birth to a beautiful wee boy. Whilst there are occasions that she has flare-ups which inevitably gets her down for a short period of time, courses of steroids combined with daily medication Azathioprine seem to get her back on track. Susan believes it is important to talk about living with Crohn’s disease positively and openly.

It can be embarrassing having to explain to others what it is like having Crohn’s disease but in general, her experience is that people are very understanding and supportive.

Key Points

  • Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis affect 1 in 400 people
  • Up to 8,000 new cases are diagnosed every year
  • At present there is no cure for the disease
  • It is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35
  • 10% of those affected are under the age of 18
  • Men and Women suffer equally
  • 2 out of 7 sufferers need surgery to remove parts of the bowel within 10 years of diagnosis