Hi, my name is George and I am 10 years old. 

Four months ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.  It all started in November 2018 when I was having continuous tummy aches and saw some blood in my stools. Over the next few weeks I started getting diarrhoea more and more and eventually there was blood in that too. I was in a lot of pain and so my doctor said I had to go to Exeter straightaway. 

I went to Wonford hospital for the day where Dr Hart and his team looked after metook my bloods and did some tests to try and work out what was going on.

They suspected that it might be colitis but they thought that it would be very mild as I was still able to go to school and play football, and all of the other sports that I like.
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They booked me in for an investigation the following week. I had to go on a special diet for three days which involved eating lots of unhealthy things like white bread, biscuits and absolutely no veg. It wasn’t so hard!  

I had some medicine before, which they said would probably make me feel very poorly and sick but I was ok. 

I went into hospital for the investigations and they discovered that it was ulcerative colitis and that it was severe.

They said it was pancolitis as it affects the whole of my colon.  

Dr Hart suggested that I try some tablets called Pentasa. I took three a day. One in the morning, one after school and one before bed. He wasn’t very hopeful that they would work as they are meant to be for mild to moderate cases and my colitis was severe. 

Thankfully they did work and from the first day that I took them, I had no more pain and no rushing to the loo!

I now take all three tablets all together every morning and I am able to go to school every day without any problems. I don’t have to run to the toilet and I am able to play all the sports that I love. I go to football at least twice a week, sometimes more.

I represent my school for running, swimming and football and my colitis hasn’t stopped me from doing anything I love.
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I have chosen this charity as our class charity this year as one of my best friend’s dad has Crohn’s too.  

My friends and I are keen to raise awareness of this illness as well as raise money for this charity now. 

Thank you to the doctors who have helped me so far. I hope I continue to feel as good as I do.

Thank you for reading.

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