Liv­ing with Crohn’s dis­ease

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

LAURA Col­ley, of Bal­divis, has been liv­ing with Crohn’s dis­ease since she was a 12-year-old.

The dis­ease af­fects her di­ges­tive sys­tem, caus­ing ab­dom­i­nal pains, di­ar­rhoea and con­sti­pa­tion.

She some­times needs to go to the toi­let more than 10 times a day.

Crohn’s dis­ease has af­fected ev­ery as­pect of Ms Col­ley’s life: from school, study, work, her so­cial life and relationships. “It is a very con­fronting dis­ease,” she said. “No one wants to talk about these things, like go­ing to the toi­let. I have not been able to work be­cause I was too sick and I strug­gled to find work.

“It is dif­fi­cult be­cause I might need to miss a day or need a week or two off at short no­tice.”

Ms Col­ley said the cause of Crohn’s dis­ease was not known and there was no cure. All she could do was treat the symp­toms.

To raise money and aware­ness, she has taken part in the Sydney City 2 Surf and gone sky­div­ing.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d482006

Laura Col­ley has lived with Crohn’s dis­ease since she was 12.

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