If you are looking to make new friends and would like to talk to someone who understands what you are going through, then why not try our Penpal Scheme.
Below is a list of current Penpals and their details. If you would like to have contact with any of them by email, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name & number of the Penpals you have chosen and we will forward your email address on to them, asking them to make contact with you.
Peter – 3028
I am 9 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in January 2013. I like rock and roll music, playing guitar and learning to play the bagpipes. I also like to read. I would like to talk to people who know what I am going through
Nera – 3033
Hi, I’m 14 and in Year 10; I was recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I am really into science and art, especially biology. I am also really into animals and have two pet rats and an adorable Jack Russell Terrier.
Kaelum – 3003
My name is Kaelum and I am 15 years old. I am currently doing my GCSE’s. I live in Bristol and enjoy sports, going out and socialising. I am on methotrexate and am waiting for an operation to remove part of my bowel. I would really like to talk with other people who understand the problems faced with having Crohns.
Jagen – 3001
Hello, I’m Jagen and I am 12 years old (in Year 8). I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in June 2013; currently I am on Azathioprine and Humira but I am focused on not letting Crohn’s Disease take over my life. I love sport, especially cycling, tennis, badminton, climbing, football and athletics but I also am good at drama and art. I am interested in many other things; it would be great to have someone to talk to and for them to share their news and experiences with me.
Jimmy – 2246
My name is Jimmy and I am 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Colitis at the age of 9 years at the Royal London Hospital. I am on Modulen and other medication. My hobbies are going to the cinema, being social, art, reading and music. I would like a Pen Pal of a similar age and who is an understanding person.
Corah – 3032
Hello my name is Corah . I am 9 years old and have just been diagnosed with crohns disease. I am currently taking mesalazine and drinks that will hopefully make me feel better. I enjoy drawing, and reading at the moment as I don’t have much energy for anything else, and I love my two cats. I sometimes get very angry with other people I think it’s because I feel so poorly. I would love to get back to bike riding and running around. I would love to hear from someone of any age who understands how I feel and could maybe give me some advice.
Amy – 2193
I am 16 years old and from Liverpool, diagnosed with Crohns in 2008. I am currently on Humira injections. I am studying for my ‘A’ Levels and would like a pen pal of a similar age. My interests are music, socialising and fashion.
Lydia – 3027
Hi, my name is Lydia and I’m 14 years old. I was recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I’m in Year 10, I love drama and animals; especially dogs! I like listening to pop music and playing on my Nintendo 3DS!
Katy – 1582
My name is Katy and I am 14 years old and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 8. I love shopping for clothes, swimming, playing badminton and reading and writing.
Samantha – 2996
I am 11 years old and like music, dancing, playing teachers, reading and using the computer. I have not long been diagnosed with Crohns and am having a bad flare up at present. I may need to go into hospital for 6 weeks; I am frightened and think people don’t understand. I am a bit quiet; I would like to make some friends that may understand what is happening to me.
Caitlin – 2988
I am 13 years old and in Year 9 at school and was diagnosed in March 2013. I understand a lot about Crohn’s but I feel that I need someone with the same problems to talk to as it can get me down sometimes. I am on the modulen supplement, iron, and zinc and vitamin supplements too. I like dogs, reading, writing, fashion designing and making things. My favourite colours are red, yellow and orange. I also like dancing, Irish, Tap & Ballet but since my diagnosis I had to give it up, instead I do archery. I am looking for a female pen pal between the ages of 11 and 14.
Hannah – 2949
Hi my name is Hannah and I’m 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis not long ago. I’m in year 10 and I’m working towards my GCSE’s. I love singing, drama and dancing. I have a dog and I love animals.
Grace – 2825
I am 15 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in November 2011. Since then I have been on Pentasa, Azathioprine and Modulen. I like listening to music, going shopping, the cinema, swimming and going to the beach. I am looking for a pen-pal who is a similar age to me.
George – 3013
I am 14 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s July 2013. I have just started in year 10, but am behind as I’ve missed so much school. I like mountain biking, rugby, climbing, Minecraft and PS3. I am currently on Modulen and Azathioprine. I would like to hear from someone with similar interests of a similar age. (Also like cars and motorbikes!)
Giorgia – 2560
My name is Giorgia and I am 17 years old. I have had Ulcerative Colitis since I was 14 and was diagnosed after being very ill back and forth to hospital for 10 weeks. I study Travel and Tourism at college. In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends, bake cakes, listen to music and go shopping. I am a very friendly person so if you’d like to be my penpal then I’d love to get in touch and we can talk about our experiences with IBD.
Claire – 3020
I am 14 years old and would like a Pen Pal. I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease a year ago after being ill for six months. At first my symptoms were controlled with Modulen but I soon relapsed. I was intolerant to Azathioprine and I am currently on Infliximab every 2 months. I still struggle with fatigue and feeling unwell, with the hospital now saying I have irritable bowel syndrome. I enjoy reading Harry Potter and spending time with my friends. I love animals and have many pets.
Justin – 3022
I’m almost 13 years old and in 8th Grade (I live in Norwalk, Ohio, USA). I was just diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in July of 2013. I like to play video games and read books. I go to school and I am working on my Eagle Scout award. I am hoping to be able to talk with someone else around my age that has the same things going on in their life. I am in pain a lot and no one seems to understand the way someone else who has the disease does. I currently am taking Pentase, Prednisone, Omeprazole, Iron and Vyvanse.
For your child’s safety, parents are urged to follow government advice with regard to the use of the internet, and to carefully monitor any correspondence made through e-mail, chatrooms and the like.
When we receive a request to put a child in touch with another we will send a copy of the initial email to the parents e-mail address so they are aware who their children are contacting.
Please note that CICRA cannot accept any responsibility for any unsuitable or undesirable contacts made through this column.