New treat­ment changed my life

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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