THIS ONES FOR YOU.
So,This one really is for all of you. The page will constantly be updated with new images. Not just of me but of you guys too, if your feeling photogenic, sassy and proud. Send me a picture of your greatest pout your crohns & colitis ass kicking face or your beautiful tums with your proud Stoma poses.
You have every right to be proud of YOU and all you have overcome or anything you are going through.
There will be a fighter of the week written here too. For the best, craziest or cutest photo sent in. Your name will be here with your photo at the top and a bit about you. For example : #Fighteroftheweek #yourname
My fighter of the week is... Max Hall. And here is his story.
Instagram : Max_hall29
My name is Max and I am 25 years old, Since being diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis it's been an ongoing battle to deal with day to day life. The constant stints in hospital, colonoscopies, blood tests, enemas, injections, infusions and tablets are a massive strain.
I've pushed loved ones away and lost "friends" over the disease by not speaking about it. My family have had to watch me breakdown and had to put up with the side effects of medications just as much as I have.
Without my family, girlfriend and close friends I don't know what I would of done. The most important thing I've learnt about the disease is that the best way for me to deal with it is to talk and be completely honest about it. This is something I have only recently started to do and I have had the condition over 10 years. I've recently benefited from being open and having an I don't care what you think attitude.
I've had the worst days of my life with ulcerative colitis, such as not having enough energy to even get out of bed from going to the toilet so much. However I've also made the best memories during these years such as travelling to some fantastic places like Thailand and Bali. ( Yes, I plan every fine detail on trips like this).
There are still some things that get the better of me with colitis and it restricts my life massively everyday, however I am determined to live a happy, fun filled life.
Max, like so many of us has been through so much already with UC, But he is strong and fighting every single day. He is truly an incredible #fighteroftheweek and no matter what illness he's been given he still gets up everyday and still lives his life to the potential he can with his travelling adventures and being a supportive boyfriend too. I personally am extremely proud to have spoken with max, I think he Is wonderful and kind and he cares about how his disease affects everyone around him, when really it effects him massively in so many ways every single day.
Max has been on medications, from Asacol, to Aziathioprine and recently onto Infliximab infusions, not to mention the constant steroid prescriptions. Which have unfortunately given max the "chipmunk" cheeks we all fear too well when the steroids are in our systems.
Max has also considered a stoma bag, but his doctors want to try more medications before he gets to that stage, like a lot of us we fight so much for so many years, and literally try everything and any medication we can before the end result, which I hope max never has to face, However if he ever does then he will have our fighting friendships behind him and we will be there for max and his family every step of the way!
Thank you so much for sharing your story and your hardships so far max, And thank you for having the confidence and pride to tell everyone publically like this, it takes REAL guts and courage to speak out about it and you will have helped others feel more "normal" and happy about telling their story, or simply just knowing they aren't alone. If you guys want to follow Max on Instagram you can find his details above, thank you for helping us fight the stigma Max, and everyone who takes their time to read this site and help in their own ways too.