Shiwon Green

Shiwon says no (more) shit to colitis!

Fundraising for Crohn’s & Colitis UK
£1,064
raised of £2,500 target
by 29 supporters
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Event: National Three Peaks Challenge, from 29 September 2023 to 1 October 2023
Crohn’s & Colitis UK

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RCN 1117148
We offer information, support and research to people affected by Crohn's and Colitis

Story

Two years ago I was a (very) healthy 49 year old. I am an ex international athlete, I was riding horses regularly and enjoying hiking the Scottish hills around my new home most weeks. Then I became ill. Very ill. Stomach cramps, nausea, bloating and diarrhoea. Not the usual tummy upset diarrhoea, this was incredibly violent, watery and came without warning between 20 and 30 times a day and at least 5 or 6 times overnight. 

It was debilitating. It got to the point that I couldn't leave the house as I couldn't be more than a few metres from the toilet. I couldn't go out, I couldn't socialise, my diet was extremely limited and I certainly couldn't do any exercise. It started to affect my mental health and self image. I mean, it's not normal for a middle aged woman to shit herself. 

As a registered nurse with 20 years experience I did everything I knew to try and resolve my symptoms. I was living on painkillers and anti diarrhoea meds and stomach cramp meds and anti depressants. I was pretty sure that I knew exactly what was wrong and I told my GP on my first visit - which was 4 months after I first rang to try and make an appointment. It took another 8 months to get a diagnosis of microscopic collagenous colitis and another 2 months after that to see a specialist. 

The specialist treatment, along with a controversial and unrecognised diet plan, finally has me in remission. I will never take the opportunity to get into the hills for granted again.

I'm doing this hike and (over) sharing my very personal and embarrassing story to raise money specifically to speed up the diagnosis for any future sufferers of this disease. I lost more than a year of my life to a disease that is simple to diagnose and has viable treatment options. No one else should. 

About the charity

Crohn’s & Colitis UK

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RCN 1117148
We’re the UK’s leading charity for Crohn’s and Colitis. Right now, over 500,000 people in the UK are living with a lifelong disease that many people have never heard of. We’re working to improve diagnosis and treatment; to fund research and to raise awareness.

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