Crohn’s sufferer strides out on fundraising walk
AWOMAN whose life has been turned upside down by bowel disease is fundraising in a bid to find a cure.
Kerry Churchman, 27, was diagnosed with Crohn’s after she discovered a series of lumps and bruises covering both of her legs.
Medical investigation found it was caused by a skin manifestation known an erythema nodosum.
Her diagnosis has profoundly affected every aspect of her life.
But Kerry, from Gawsworth, is determined to fight back by raising awareness of the disease and fundraising for research towards finding a cure for inflammatory bowel disease, a condition that affects more than 300,000 people in the UK.
She is supporting the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK and its WALK IT campaign, a series of 5km or 10km walks in six locations around the country.
Speaking of her experience Kerry said her diagnosis, 18 months ago, was a shock.
She said: “With Crohn’s you suffer with severe fatigue and bouts of pain brought on by the condition which is hard when you work full time.
“It is hard for everyone to gauge the severity of the condition as you physically look fine on the outside, but on the inside you are always in pain.
“I need to follow a strict diet to reduce the likelihood of my Crohn’s flaring up and this means that a simple dinner out with friends or family comes with a high level of risk.
“It’s frustrating for me, as I find it difficult to eat out, and the fatigue episodes that come with the condition make activities like clubbing simply too tiring sometimes.”
Now that the shock of diagnosis has subsided, Kerry is ready to fight Crohn’s and lead her life the way she wants, inspiring others who are also living with the condition.
She said: “I’ve met others diagnosed with conditions such as mine and I am keen to act as a role model.
“Helping others has helped me to accept my own diagnosis and give a sense of purpose to my condition.
“Crohn’s and Colitis UK has offered advice and support on living with a chronic illness.
“This is a condition that isn’t really talked about and very little is known about and I want to do my part to change that.”
Kerry took part in the 10km at the Manchester with her mum Elaine to raise vital awareness for the condition. Donate at justgiving. com/Kerry-Louise1.
●» Kerry Churchman with her mum Elaine