Rachel was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001 which over the years tended to be either pretty well controlled or terribly difficult to get under control. "2016 was not a good year, I was unable to work for most of it and my weight plummeted from illness and then rocketed from steroids. I was put on Humira but each time I came off steroids I relapsed again severely. I was in denial for months as to how unwell I was, returning to work part time and enjoying the temporary gift of wellness thanks to the steroids."
For Rachel, the choice to have a stoma was not an easy one but, she says, "it was the only choice that gave me a life and I have no regrets. Having a stoma isn’t always easy, but what in life is? You have to learn to live your life in a new way."
Rachel lives in Kent with her cat Harvey and works as Operations Director for a Design Institution. She is also studying for a MSc Management. When she’s not working or studying, Rachel enjoys fitness, including discovering a love of cycling since having surgery.
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