Tanya was just 12 years old when she first started to experience bowel problems following a bout of glandular fever.

Until she was 14 she was repeatedly told that the pain was all in her head and that her constant tiredness was just because she was lazy. At 14 she was admitted to hospital after vomiting blood and, getting steadily worse, was finally admitted to hospital for three months when she was just 19, unable to eat or walk, in crippling pain and connected to various tubes.

Now 26 Tanya has been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a condition that can affect any part of the digestive system from the mouth to the anus. There is no cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Tanya lives her life with regular hospital visits, a daily cocktail of drugs and careful attention to what she eats and drinks.

Tanya works as a Nutritional Therapist and is determined to use her experience to help others.  

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