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Hayley’s Boyfriend’s Story (Crohn’s Disease)

Purple RibbonI’m healthy as a horse. My boyfriend on the other hand, suffers daily with Crohn’s disease. The 10 months that I’ve been with him have held some of the most heartbreaking, uplifting, painful, and joyous moments of my whole life.

On January 1st 2012, he was rushed into hospital with an abscess that had become sceptic, and was close to bursting. 3 operations later, he was home; but it wasn’t over. He was still in daily pain, and was out of college for a long time. We struggled, but we’re each others support system, and we made it through. I thought that would be it, for this year at least. I was wrong.

He was hospitalized twice, with a 2 week space between stays, due to excruciating pains in his bowel. It’s a worry, as we’ve recently found that his consultant prescribed him a probable carcinogen for 5 years. We’re now suing his consultant.

A lot of people often forget the partners, and family, of people with illnesses. They forget that we are involved, that we don’t leave our loved ones to deal with things alone. And that often, we ourselves are left feeling alone, stressed, and with no one to turn to who understands. We’re there, so you don’t have to fight alone. And we’re kicking butt.

Hayley
England
Submitted 7-3-2012

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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