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