• 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 updated – October 2014

    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.

    Isabella – 3229

    Hello my name is Isabella (Bella for short). I am 10 years old and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in August 2014.  I love to sing and sing in a choir.  I am also a One Direction fan!  As well as a love for music I adore dogs and I have a pet Labrador called Soli.  I would like to get in touch with someone who understands what is going on with me, so we can support each other.

    Laura – 3205

    Hi, my name is Laura and I’m 16 years old, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in May 2014. I am on Azathioprine and may need to have Humira.  I am currently doing my GCSE’s and enjoy activities such as reading, writing and art.  I also like watching films.  I do Tae-Qwon-Do and am part of the Air Cadets (ATC).  I would like a pen-pal with similar interests.

    Ronnie – 3104

    Hello, my name is Ronnie and I am a 15 year old girl. I have had ‘UC’ since I was 3 years old and now been diagnosed with Crohns.  I am on Infliximab every 2 months, Azathioprine, Movicol and painkillers.  I have also recently had a colostomy bag fitted.  I do feel isolated at school and I struggle as I have missed out on a lot!  My hobbies are reading, walking my puppy and Xbox.  I would love to write to a pen pal that I could relate to.

    Lucy – 3103

    Hi my name is Lucy and I’m 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in October 2013.  I love Irish dance and ice-skating.  I am in Year 10 and currently studying for me GCSE’s.

    Bethany – 3114

    Hi my name is Bethany and I am 11 years old. I have Crohn’s  Disease.   I enjoy doing athletics, tennis, street dance, badminton, and I love watching cooking and home building programmes. I have started high school this year. I don’t mind how old you are if you want to be my pen-pal, I can be your friend.

    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 working towards my GCSE’s.  I love singing, drama and dancing.  I have a dog and I love animals

    George – 3013

    I am nearly 16 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s July 2013.  I am in Year 11, but am behind as I’ve missed so much school.  I like mountain biking, rugby, Minecraft and PS3.  I am currently on Modulen and Azathioprine.  I would like to hear from someone with similar interests of a similar ago (also like cars and motorbikes!).

    Jagen – 3001

    Hello, I’m Jagen and I am 13 years old (in Year 9).  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in June 2013; currently I am on 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 am also 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.

    Charlotte – 3113

    Hi, my name is Charlotte and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2009 and would like a Pen/E-Pal of a similar age who I could talk to and share experiences with.  I am currently studying for my A-Levels and love going to concerts.

    Giorgia – 2560

    Hello, my name is Giorgia and I am 18 years old.  I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2011.  I am currently studying Level 3 TV and Film at Wiltshire College.  I am still trying to find a medicine/treatment to get me into remission.  I’m happy to share experiences and chat with anyone who wants to.

    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.

    Yasmin – 3170

    Hi! My name is Yasmin and I have Ulcerative Colitis, I was diagnosed in 2009. I am 15 years old and currently studying for my GCSE’s.  I love to read, watch movies and go shopping.  I am on Azathioprine, Pentasa, ranitidine and Infliximab every 7 weeks.  Since 2009 I have had a lot of flare ups.  I would love to have a pen pal who is similar to my age and shares similar experiences.

    Mari – 3121

    Hi my name is Mari and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease on the 28th April this year.  I had my 10th birthday recently on the 13th May.  I like to draw, sing and play games.  I would really like to have a pen pal with a similar condition to me because they will understand.

    Lucy – 3159

    My name is Lucy, I am 16 years old and have just finished school; I am now expecting to go to college in September to do beauty therapy.  I have 2 cats and 3 dogs, my interest are singing and dancing and my favourite band is One Direction!!  I was diagnosed in 2011 aged 12 with indeterminate colitis.  I am on Azathioprine, Prednisolone and Calcichew.  I would like to talk to someone who is a similar age and similar interests as me.

    Kimya – 3095

    Hi, my name in Kimya, I am 16 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease last year. I enjoy listening to music, going shopping with my friends, baking and swimming.  I would like a pen pal of a similar age.

    Sydney – 3115

    My name is Sydney and I am 10 years old. I like cats and hippo’s and I love PE, Art, English and Science.  When I am older I want to be a vet, I have 2 cats, a rabbit and fish.  I would really like to talk to someone who understands me.

    Zak – 3155

    Hello, my name is Zak and I am nearly 9. I have 3 younger brothers, and was diagnosed with Crohns early last year.  One of my brothers is my identical twin and we both like playing video games, and also enjoy playing cricket.  I also do karate on Thursday and drama on Saturday.  I play      warhammer 40,000 and like airfix.  I am currently on 2 medications, one called Azathioprine and the other called Prednisolone.

    Keilan – 3118

    Hi, I’m Keilan and I’m 9 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 my favourite game is Disney Infinity.  I would love to have a pen pal very quickly so I can talk to someone who understands what I am going through.

    Niamh – 2983

    Hi, I’m Niamh and I am 14 years old, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in November 2011. I am in Year 10, but am home tutored due to chronic fatigue.  My hobbies are reading, art, drawing, and painting, watching films and listening to music. 

    Wendy – 2451

    Hello, my name is Wendy and I am 14 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, ready 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.

    Benjy – 3097

    Hi my name is Benjy and I am 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in June 2012 and I am still recovering.  I like music, freerunning, gaming, art and acting.  I am on Asacol, Azathioprine and Omeprazole and I have infusions every 6 weeks.  I would like a pen pal of a similar age with similar interests.

    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..

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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