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Gabriella & Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

  January 25, 2017   

"My plus is determination to overcome obstacles. The determination to show other people who suffer from the same condition you can still live a normal, content life, without assuming that an Inflammatory Bowel Disease will hold you back. I have suffered from Ulcerative Colitis (UC) for the last 11 years. Amongst many other symptoms, I get extremely tired very quickly and have developed anxiety because of my illness. Despite this, I still get up every morning, I still go to work every day, I still see my friends and socialise, and do the things a normal person in their mid-20’s does. Having come from a very working class background, I have always wanted to achieve and succeed. I was the first in my family to attend university and obtain a degree, the first to apply and work on a graduate scheme. Each occasion has been inundated by the symptoms of UC and sometimes I have struggled to meet deadlines, concentrate fully in lectures and dedicate time out of hours to my work and study, but I persevered on without much complaint. Without the determination and drive to succeed, I may have taken a completely different path. My illness doesn’t, and won’t ever, define me, because I am more than just a ‘sufferer’. I am a warrior." - Gabriella Ragno

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