International pop star, Anastacia, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when she was 13 and has been proud to show off the scar on her stomach from surgery ever since.
Despite other serious health conditions Anastacia is keen to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
I suffered the embarrassment and challenge of being a teenager and dealing with a disease that held a stigma of shame. I have been very lucky to have long periods of remission with this disease and am aware that this is not the norm.
Crohn's and Colitis UK is a wonderful organisation which is available to anyone. It has an amazing network of up-to-date research, treatment and support.
I believe that connecting with others who have this condition can make a huge difference in living with, as opposed to suffering silence with, these illnesses.
With 1 in 210 people in the United Kingdom suffering from Crohn's or Colitis, I hope to raise awareness and an ability to help those suffering in silence in the knowledge that there is help and support available.