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Call for better diagnosis during Crohn’s and Colitis awareness month


Ann Turnbull shares her story.

Getting a solid diagnosis was a long time coming for Ann Turnbull, 39, of Grays Point.

Born with an abnormal bowel, she had surgery shortly after birth, and was in and out of hospital as a child.

But it wasn’t until the mum of two was 27 years old when she was finally told that she had Crohn’s disease.

May, is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month.

Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as the inflammatory bowel diseases, are Iife-long gastrointestinal disorders that commonly present in adolescence and early adulthood.

The gut becomes inflamed and symptoms can include diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, bleeding, fatigue, weight loss and anaemia.

There is no cure, and if left untreated, over time can lead to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Australia has among the highest prevalence in the world, with one in 250 Australians suffering from Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Mrs Turnbull, who has no family history of the disease, simply manages her condition.

“I was treated with low level chemotherapy, and when times get tough I go on a liquid diet,” she said.

Read the full story on Leader News: https://www.theleader.com.au/story/5352956/digesting-the-low-down-on-gut-health/

Posted on: May 4 2018

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