• Penpals

    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 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.

    Jessica – 3063

    Hi, my name is Jessica and I am 9 years old.  I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in January 2013.  I absolutely love cats, kittens, maths and art and I would like a pen pal that understands what I am going through.

    Ben – 3054

    My name is Ben and I am 12 years old.  I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in November 2013 and am on the road to recovery, but still need the occasional day off school.  I have a passion for cricket, snooker and football as well as writing and drawing.  It would be great to have a pen pal in a similar position with whom I can take and share experiences with.

    Hollie – 3070

    My name is Hollie and I am 15 years old.  I was only diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in December 2013.  Unfortunately I have had to have an emergency operation to remove part of my bowel and colon.  I am still recovering and currently taking Prednisolone and just started on Methotrexate.  I am in Year 10 at school and enjoy reading, socialising and watching films.  I also help out at a local Brownies group.

    Lauren – 3071

    Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m almost 13 years old.  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in December 2013 and still recovering.  I enjoy reading, knitting and drawing as well as listening to music.  I am currently on Mesalazine, Azathioprine, Prednisolone, Sytron and Cacit D3.  I would like a penpal of a similar age to share experiences with and to talk to.

    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.

    Hannah – 3072

    Hi my name is Hannah, I am 10 years old and I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in December 2013.  I’m on the road to recovery but still need the occasional day off school.  I am a farmer’s daughter who likes listening to music, animals and art; I am a One Direction fan too!  I would like a pen pal who understands what I am going through who can help me and who I can hopefully help to.

    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.

    Hannah – 2949
    Hi my name is Hannah and I’m 15 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
    Hello, my name is Giorgia and I am 17 years old.  I live in Wiltshire and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in April 2011 at Bristol Children’s Hospital.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, baking, shopping and listening to music.  I am currently on Prednisolone, Omeprazole, Azathioprine, Metoclopramide, ADCAL D3 and Mebeverine.  I currently study Travel and Tourism at Wiltshire College.  I’m happy to share experiences and chat with anyone who wants to. 

    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.