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“I ignored my deteriorating bowels because I was too embarrassed. My symptoms persisted for close to a year and it reached the point that I was running to the bathroom 40 times a day. I was absolutely housebound.”
Eventually, in 2011, a close friend persuaded her to go to the accident and emergency department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N “She no doubt saved my life. I had lost two stone and was facing a blood transfusion.”
Ms Holeywell, of Fishergate, in the city centre, was then admitted to the N for four weeks before being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
Now, to show her support for other sufferers,
she will be taking part in a 10k walk around London on June 28 for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
She said: “I want to raise as much money as possible for this charity, not only to fund further medical research but also to raise awareness about the disease.
“I feel very blessed that I’m well enough to be able to walk 10k. I spent too much time hiding out, terrified of leaving the house for fear of needing to urgently use the toilet.”
Ms Holeywell has so far raised 942 and hopes to reach her target of 1,500. She will be completing the walk with her friend Anja Gronvold.
About World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day.
Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
World IBD Day is marked on May 19 each year.
It is led by an organisation representing 35 countries on four continents.
IBD is comprised of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis two serious, chronic digestive diseases.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis directly affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed,
form sores and bleed easily.