New treatment changed my life
A MAN who has fought a crushing illness for more than a decade is now living pain-free thanks to a drug he is receiving on the NHS.
Joshua Scales, 27, of Biddenden, has Crohn’s disease which can have a devastating impact on day-to-day life.
The Cot Lane resident said: “I was hospitalised at least once or twice a year and it had significant effects on my growth. I went through puberty much later, which was difficult.”
Mr Scales, who has to have two injections a week, continued: “I always stayed strong due to won- derful support from my parents and friends. I think that’s why I was able to get through it.”
It is estimated there are up to 60,000 adults with Crohn’s disease in the UK. Symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, weight loss, fever, and rectal bleeding. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence is now recommending the drug for adults with severe active Crohn’s disease which has not responded to conventional therapy.
Mr Scales added: “It’s expensive but money is saved by sufferers not spending long periods of time in hospital.a normal life.”
Joshua Scales who has been battling Crohn’s disease
Alison King who died of leukaemia last year