Former England Rugby Captain, Lewis Moody, was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2005.
An amazing advocate for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Lewis supported our IBD, Sport and Fitness Campaign and the fundraising initiative United for Colitis.
Lewis also ran the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of our work.
It's a pain in the arse! If it strikes when you're young and fit, you're too embarrassed to talk about it. Sportsmen are used to coping with all sorts of injuries, but the pain, feeling knackered all the time and the humiliation of not always being able to control your bowels is terrible.
I'd urge anyone to tell someone and get help, if they think they've got it. My life was so much easier when I finally told my mates - I only wish I'd done it earlier. Get to know the enemy, get information, talk about it - and then take control - it's your body and your life.