From An Incurable Diagnosis to Bodybuilding
When my symptoms become apparent I struggled In silence for a long time, I really didn't understand why my body was choosing to cause me so much pain.
I was ashamed and embarrassed by the symptoms that came alongside Ulcerative Colitis (UC) a form of Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD). Symptoms such as urgency, extremely bloody stools and very serve pain & tiredness. I finally gave In and visited my Doctor, this is where everything became real I was referred for a procedure called a 'colonoscopy' which confirmed that I had UC everything after that was a
I was admitted into
I remember stepping on the scales and seeing the numbers and I couldn't believe it, I went from being a healthy 140lb to an unhealthy 112lb
That was when my consultant faced me with having my bowel removed and living with an Ileostomy I never even knew what one was let alone what it looked like, my condition was deteriorating rapidly. My mother was called in as It was an emergency despite the fact the ward I was on was quarantined due to a sickness bug (luckily I didn't get) I remember being In a room faced with so many doctors and nurses so much was going on and all I was doing was looking outside the window wishing I was a bird so I could fly away...
After that hospital stay I made it my mission to put back on the weight I
With his guidance's and my interest In the sport I continued to work at it every single day becoming stronger and stronger.
But every time I was getting stronger...
I decided to have my total bowel removed, leaving me with an Ileostomy.
It wasn't just the best decision I had ever made, but it was also at the right time in my life.
Waking up after the surgery was hard, the 2 weeks in hospital after were
So if tiredness has really hit you hard, set yourself goals... a little walk, a shower. Make yourself proud every single day, and I assure you theses are the little things that count for a healthy mental state.
I'm currently In training for my 1st ever bodybuilding show, never did I dream of doing this when I first woke up after surgery.. but its happening and It's happening because my Ostomy has made me strong again. I'm so proud of how far I've come, everyday I surprise myself.
Bodybuilding has always been my coping mechanism and it continue to be that every single day. I'm in control and I'm going to kill it!