If she had one wish, Lucy Pinder would want scientists to find a cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Diagnosed in her late teens, the 26-year-old from Stockport has lived with both IBS and diverticulitis for more than eight years.

The incurable conditions affect every aspect of her life.

“The thing about IBS is that you never know when it’s going to flare up. The pain comes and goes. Some days are better than others.

“But when it’s bad, it’s horrendous. The pains are worse than being in labour,” she says.

Lucy has been given medication to help alleviate the symptoms. But she nevertheless suffers severe bouts of diarrhoea, constipation and chronic pain.

“Sometimes when I’m out, I have to pull over and rush to the toilet. I’ve got used to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay,”

She laments the lack of support. “There’s not much anyone can do really except give me the right medication. I can’t eat spicy foods, and I’m trying to change my diet.

All I can do is just keep hoping that one day there’ll be a cure.

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