• Pen/E-Pals

    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 Pen/E-Pals and their details. If you would like to have contact with any of them by email, please contact us at support@cicra.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.

    List regularly updated (last updated Jan 2016)

    Ankita – 3632

    I’m Ankita. I’m 10 years old and was diagnosed with Crohns disease in May 2016. I love reading, story writing, maths, are and acting. I have wii U and play Mario Cart, Yoshi’s Wolly World and sonic and Mario’s Olympics. I would love an E-pal that understands what I’m going through and can discuss good and point points.

    Connor – 3651

    Hi, my name is Connor and I am 8 years old. I was diagnosed with UC in 2014.  I like NERF, playing on a tablet, going on my scooter or bike, playing with my remote control cars and Hornby train set.  I am on steroids, azathioprine, Mesalazine and omeprazole and have just had a blood transfusion.  I would love to hear from anyone.

    Libby – 3627

    My name is Libby and I have just turned 12 years old. I have only just been diagnosed with Crohn’s and I would really like to be in touch with people who has the same condition as me and know what I’m going through. I love dancing – ballet, tap and disco, as well as Tae Kwon Do, swimming and horse riding. I also love animals – we have a dog, chinchilla, rabbit, hamster and fish!

    Hafsa – 3142

    Hi, my name is Hafsa and I am 14 years old (starting year 10). I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 9. I am currently on Azathioprine and have recently recovered from a flare up. I have many hobbies and interests, I do Jujitsu and am currently a black belt, I enjoy playing on the computer and playing basketball. I also enjoy reading and sewing.  I will happily email someone who wants to share what I am going through.

    Natasha – 3569

    Hi, my name is Natasha and I am 12 years old. My hobbies are dancing, performing and acting.  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in November 2015.

    Amy – 3594

    Hi, my name is Amy, I am 13 and was diagnosed with Crohn’s in March/April 2016. My interests are art, music and sports.  It would be nice to talk to people who understand what it’s like and what I’m going through.

    Rosanna – 3577

    My name is Rosanna, I’m 11 years old and have colitis which was diagnosed last August. I am currently taking Mesalazine, azathioprine and prednisolone.  I have a dog called Casper, he is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is quite inactive but very adorable.  I used to go to a swimming club and loved it but stopped when I got ill, I hope to get back to it soon.  I also like computer gaming such as Minecraft PC and agar.io.

    Lucy – 3597

    Hi, I’m Lucy I was diagnosed with Indeterminate Colitis on the 11th April 2016 (this year!), 2 days before my 17th birthday.  I am learning to drive and doing maths, biology and chemistry ‘A’ levels.

    Elliott – 3590

    Hi, I’m Elliott and I’m 14. In January of this year I had an abscess, then fistula’s and after 4 operations was diagnosed with Crohn’s.  I’ve been on Modulen for 6 weeks (tough) and now started infliximab.  I’m a bit Anime fan, I also love to read and write and am reading Manga at the mo.  In my spare time I like to play games like Team Fortress.  I am more than happy to e-mail anyone who wants to e-mail me!

    Ella – 3587

    Hi, my name is Ella, I am 11 years old (nearly 12), I will turn 12 on the 18th June 2016.  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2016.  My favourite things to do are maths, art, singing and dancing (ballet, tap, modern).  I absolutely love dogs, I love them so much I have 4 in the last 5 years! I would like a pen pal who understands what I am going through.

    James – 3269

    Hi, I am James.  I am almost 12 years old.  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Juvenile Arthritis in November 2014 and am on Methotrexate.  I have just been diagnosed with chronic fatigue.  I like music and play the guitar, violin and piano.  I also love sports such as football, cycling, running, target shooting and swimming.  I especially love computer games and have a Wii, Xbox and like to play on the PC.  I like playing Minecraft, Fifa and various other games (you know what I mean!)  I would like to be in touch with people who know what I am going through.

    Lekiesha – 3506

    Hi my name is Lekiesha, I will be 10 years old on the 28th February 2016.  I have UC, which I got when I was 4 ½ and was diagnosed in October 2010.  I like art, netball and swimming.  I would love to talk to someone about what we go through.  I have been found to have Crohn’s markers as well.  I take Azathioprine, Movicol, painkillers and more,

    Scott – 3497

    My name is Scott, I am 9 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s in May 2015. I enjoy sports especially judo and kickboxing.  I play PS4 a lot.  I would like to talk to people who understand what it’s like living with Crohn’s.

    Lucy – 3103

    My name is Lucy and I’m 16 years old and currently in year 11. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in October 2013.  I enjoy Irish dancing and figure skating.

    Alpheus – 3458

    Hi, my name is Alpheus and I am 10 years old. My hobbies are surfing, sailing, biking and cricket.  I am dyslexic, have two dogs and a younger brother age 8.  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in August 2015 and take prednisolone and azathioprine.  It would be great to chat to someone.

    Max – 3493

    My name is Max and I am 15 years old (year 10). I have UC and was diagnosed in 2012.  My hobbies are gaming (Nintendo Minecraft).  It would be great to talk to someone with similar interested who understands what I’m going through.

    Mollie – 3463

    Hi, my name is Mollie and I am 13 years old (Year 9). I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in June 2013, since coming out of hospital I have had 3 flare ups.  I love sport and being with my friends.  It would be great to talk to anyone going through the same.

    Natalia – 3341

    Hi, my name is Natalia and I am 17 years old. I have Crohn’s Disease and despite being on the top tier of medications I am struggling and am a long way off going into remission.  I am passionate about rowing and hope to resume this sport once I am feeling better, I also love reading and listening to music.

    Wendy – 2451

    Hello, my name is Wendy and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 10.  I have had Modulen twice since being diagnosed and I am currently taking Mesalazine.  My interests are art, listening to music, animals, reading and many other things, I am looking for a Pen Pal who understands what I am going through and who I can share experiences with.

    Laura – 3205 

    Hi, my name is Laura and I’m 17 years old, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in May 2014.  I am on Azathioprine and Humira.  I am currently doing my ‘A’ levels and enjoy activities such as reading, writing and art.  I also like watching films.  I do Tae-Qwon-Do and I am learning to play the piano and violin.  I would like a pen-pal with similar interests.

    Jessica – 3063

    Hi, my name is Jessica and I am 11 years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in January 2013.  I absolutely love dogs especially Pomeranians and I also like Maths and Art, Drama & Dancing.  I would like a Pen Pal who understands what I am going through.

    Imogen – 3468

    Hi my name is Imogen, I like to be called Immy! I am 12 years old and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in October 2013.  I love dancing (ballet, tap, modern and Jazz), I love singing, swimming, looking after our pets; two cats (Merlin and Alfie), a hamster (Flump) and two fish, and we also look after, socialise and help train Hearing Dog puppies for deaf people!  I’d love to have an E-Pal to write to and chat through everything that life holds with UC.

    Anna – 3299

    Hi, I’m Anna and I’m 14 years old (year 10).  I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in October 2014.  I love to sing, I also enjoy swimming and I like to meet up with friends. I would love to talk to anyone who has similar worries as me.

    Lydia – 3027

    Hi, my name is Lydia and I’m 16 years old and have Ulcerative Colitis.  I love animals and acting and cuddling up with my dog Jodie.

    Lucy – 3403

    Hello, my name is Lucy, I am 14 and in year 9. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in May 2015 my interests are art, listening to music, I also enjoy playing with my dog Poppy, my bearded dragon Archie and my leopard gecko Izzy.  It would be nice to have people to talk to that understand me and been through what I have.

    Willow – 3093 

    Hi I’m willow. I’m 14 (year 10). I like to listen to rap and metal, I love to read and draw. I have had Crohns for five years this April coming and have had many flare-ups. I’m currently doing my GCSE. I hope to find someone who understands and has similar interests!

    Katy – 1582

    My name is Katy and I am 17 years old. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 8 years old. I am currently studying for a-levels doing English literature, history, philosophy & ethics and sociology. I enjoy reading, running, shopping and cooking.

    Keilan – 3118

    Hi, I’m Keilan and I’m 11 years old and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in January 2013. I’m taking Azathioprine and Calcium D3 every day.  I like reading, enjoy art and love doing drama.  I have a Wii and love playing Fifa.  I would love to have a pen pal very quickly so I can talk to someone who understands what I am going through.

    Emma – 3094

    Hi, my name is Emma and I am 13 years old and have Ulcerative Colitis. I have two kittens called Ember and Willow.  I like Art and English at school.  My favourite thing is drawing dresses because I want to be a fashion designer when I am older.

    Peter – 3028

    I am nearly 12 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in January 2013; I am on both methotrexate and adalimumab injections. 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.

    Lucy – 3159

    Hi I’m lucy I’m 17 years old I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 12 I am currently at college studying health and social care as I want to look after people in the future. I am currently on azathioprine, calci chew, multi vitamins, Pentasa, iron tablets. My interests are cooking, my animals and going out with my friends.

    Claire – 3020

    I am 15 years old and would like a Pen Pal.  I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease in October 2012 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 5 weeks.  I still struggle with fatigue and feeling unwell, with the hospital now saying I have irritable bowel syndrome. Although I am in remission I still have not been completely better since diagnosis and I am currently having a flare up in my mouth. I enjoy spending time with my friends and playing with my pets.

    Megan – 3396

    My name is Megan and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 12 and have been on Ipocol and Modulen but since 2015 have had to go to a high dosage of prednisolone twice. I am about to start on infliximab infusions and I would really like to speak to someone who is on infliximab or has been on similar medication to me. I am in 6th form taking a musical theatre diploma course and love to perform. I would love to have an e-pal to talk to.

    Niamh – 2983

    Hi, I’m Niamh and I am 16 years old, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in November 2011. I was home tutored until recently due to chronic fatigue and am now at 6th form college studying English Literature and Personal Finance.  My hobbies are reading, art, drawing, and painting, watching films and listening to music.  We have recently adopted a retired greyhound called Choco.

    Emily – 3287

    Hi, my names Emily and I am 16 years of age with Crohn’s disease and have just started college doing a animal management course, I have lots of pets such as 4 dogs, 4 rabbits, 2 gerbils and a horse. My hobbies are horse riding, volunteering at Stepney bank stables and playing on my Xbox, I would love to talk to new people and make new friends on e-pals so feel free to contact me :)

    Willow – 3330

    Hi, I am 10 ½ year’s old and I was diagnosed with Indeterminate Colitis when I was 6. My hobbies are acting, dancing and I also like listening to music and sometimes making stories with them. My medications now are Azathioprine and Mesalazine. I am home educated and have a twin brother and 2 other sister’s and would like to hear from anyone who would like to write to me!

    Hannah – 2949

    Hi I’m Hannah, I’m 17 and currently in year 12 doing my A levels. I enjoy the arts such as singing, dancing and acting and also love writing songs. I hope to go onto university and do a psychology degree to work towards becoming a psychotherapist.

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