epals

Getting an e-pal was a really happy point in my life. Talking to someone else like me made me feel 'I can relate to this.'

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 e-pal scheme.

Below is a list of current e-pals and their details. If you would like to contact any of them by email, please contact us. Please let us have the name & number of the e-pals you have chosen and we will forward your email address on to them, asking them to contact you.

You must be a member of CICRA to be an e-pal.

For your child's safety, parents are urged to follow government advice about 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 parent’s 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 scheme.

Kyan – 4095

Hi, I’m Kyan and I’m 10 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s on 17th April 2018.  I like playing football and playing on my I-Pad.

Oscar - 4104

Hello, my name is Oscar.  I have Crohn's.  I am 13 and have had Crohn's since I was 1 year old (2006).  I wish I could have someone to talk about Crohn's so I have a better understanding of what could happen.  I like reading, drawing and watching Marvel films, especially Marvel films.

George – 4066

Hi, my name is George, I am 15 and was recently diagnosed with Indeterminate Colitis. I am about to start Azathioprine after 2 lots of steroids didn’t work.  I like rock climbing and playing on my X-Box.

Imogen – 4104

Hi, my name is Imogen (I am 10years old and in y6) and I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in May 2017, since then I have been in hospital twice. I enjoy playing with my toys, doing drama, singing and dancing, I have ridden a horse once and I really enjoyed it. I already have friends, but none have UC. I would really like to talk to someone with a similar condition. I am on Modulen four times a day plus various over medication including Infliximab.

Torin – 4094

Hi, my name is Torin and I’m nearly 9! I was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and have recently completed 6 weeks of liquids only.  I like playing on my Nintendo Switch, playing tennis and doodling pictures in class!  No one in my class or school has IBD and it’s a bit lonely not having anyone to talk to.

Summer – 4020

Hi, I’m Summer and I am 11 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in February 2018.  I started on Modulen but sadly it didn’t work, and I was then started on Steroids which didn’t work either and I am now on Infliximab.  I love horse riding, dancing, team sports, my i-phone and food.  I would love to talk to anyone who knows how it feels to have Crohn’s.

Mannix – 4027

Hello, my name is Mannix and I am 7 years old and have just recently been diagnosed with crohns. My favourite film is night at the museum 2. I collect super-zings and have around 27 so far. I have 8 pets at home they are snails, dogs and lizards and I also have a little brother! I would love to make some new friends

Eryn – 4047

Hi, I’m Eryn, I’m 13 years old and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in January 2018 when I was 12. I love animals and I have a dog and three parrots.  I also like horse-riding, star-wars, superheroes, films, drawing and music.

Macy – 4037

Hi, my name is Macy. I was diagnosed at the age of 13 with Crohn’s Disease.  I like reading and watching Netflix.  I enjoy cooking sweet recipes like cookies and cake.  I am hoping to get a dog very soon 😊

Emily – 4030

Hi, my name is Emily, I am 15 and was diagnosed with Crohn’s on the 13th June 2018.  I have recently started Modulen and am finding it very difficult.  I am doing my GCSE’s and would like to speak to people in a similar situation.

Hannah – 4019

Hi, my name is Hannah, I’m 11 years old in year 6. I was diagnosed with UC in May 2018.  I love horse riding, gymnastics and ice-skating.  I like playing netball, rounders, hockey and tennis.  I would love to speak with someone who understands and knows what I am going through.

Rachel – 4021

My name is Rachel, I am 14 and I have Crohn’s disease. I have just started Modulen and am struggling with not being able to eat what my friends and family are eating. I am doing my GCSEs and do history and food tech as my option choices. I sometimes miss school and get very stressed about the work load and being able to catch up on what I missed. I would love to talk to someone a similar age who understands how stressful school can be.

Olivia – 4003

Hi, my name is Olivia and I am 10 years old, nearly 11! I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in February 2018.  I have been on a six-week Modulen liquid diet.  I now take Methotrexate, Folic acid and Modulen.  I enjoy dancing, drama, singing and acting.  I am starting High School in September.  Please get in touch soon.

Emma – 3995

My name is Emma, I am 12 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in December 2017.  I have had steroids and I am now on Humira injections every 2 weeks.  I love gymnastics and dancing.  I have two pet rabbits but love all animals 😊

Verdah – 3825

Hi, I’m Verdah and I was 14 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2015.  I am now 16 years old and taking Adalimumab injections every other week and am taking Modulen 6 times a day.  Also, this year I took my GCSE’s which stressed me out so much, I had weekly visits to the hospital because I was so ill. Now I'm starting to prepare for my A-levels. I would love to help and talk to anyone experiencing a similar situation.

Thomas – 3837

Hello, my name is Tom.  I’m 14 years old and I have been diagnosed with Crohn’s. I have had an emergency operation and now have a fistula.  I am waiting to see what medication I will be given! I’d love to speak to anyone with a similar experience.  I’m a huge film fan, especially the Marvel films.

Ella – 3829

Hi, I’m Ella and I’m 15 years old, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in May 2017. I have a Border-Jack called Ted and my favourite subjects at school are art and textiles. I also love watching YouTube videos and reading. I am studying for my GCSE’s although I have missed a lot of school. I would love to talk to someone who shares my interests and worries.

Aaron – 3857

Hi, my name is Aaron and I am 10 years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in June 2017.  At the moment, I am taking Azathioprine tablets and Mesalazine.  I like playing on my Xbox, reading fiction booking and watching YouTube videos.  My favourite sport is football and I play for my school’s football team.  My two most favourite subjects in school are maths and computing.  I would love to talk to someone who is in the same situation as me.

Amy – 3909

Hi, I’m Amy and I am 15 years old.  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in September 2017.  I am about to start infliximab and have recently been on a 6-week diet of Modulen.  I enjoy reading, singing, dance, shopping and listening to music.  I am doing my GCSE’s this year and have already missed a lot of school.  I would really like to talk to people going through similar things to me.

Alice – 3924

Hi, I am Alice and I love horses and cats! I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in August 2017.  I am 9 years old and have just done 6 weeks on Modulen but unfortunately it didn’t work so I am now on steroids and azathioprine. The steroid tablets haven’t had much affect so I am going to try the 2-day steroid IV.  I would love to chat and share my feelings with someone who understands.

Luis – 3761

Hi, my name is Luis, I am 9 years old and was diagnosed with UC in October 2016.  I am currently taking Humira.  I love horse riding, athletics, my dog Pete and play station.  I would love to hear what other people think about UC and how to deal with it.

Thomas – 3654

Hi, I’m Thomas and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in September 2016.  I am 9 years old. I have done a liquid only diet for 6 weeks but I am now eating normally. I like playing on my Xbox, riding my BMX bike and scooters.  I would like to hear from anyone who would like to be my friend.

Emily - 3962

Hi, I’m Emily and I am 13 years old.  I was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and stayed in the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.  My hobbies include drama and going to guides.  I am currently on Modulen for 6 weeks and so far, it is going well.  I am also on Azathioprine and take vitamin D tablets.  It would be really nice to speak to people who understand what I am going through and to make some friends.

Amy - 3717

Hi, my name is Amy and I am 10 years old, nearly 11 (Year 6).  I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in January 2017 and I am currently on Mesalazine, which I take twice a day.  I play for a girl’s football team (U11s), and partake in netball and dodgeball. I love being on my phone and talking with my friends.  I also love maths.  I would love to talk to someone about my experiences of what I went through and maybe we can become friends.

Jess - 3958

Hi, I am Jess, I am 13 and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 12. I am now on Infliximab and methotrexate.  Also, I love playing on my piano and playing with my dog.

Harrison – 3897

Hi, I am Harrison and I am 7 years old, I have just been diagnosed with Crohn’s.  I love playing my Xbox and I-pad and really like swimming.  I would really like a pen pal.

Jodi – 3893

My name is Jodi and I am 15. I have just recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s Colitis. I have been on Modulen for 6 weeks and I am now on Azathioprine and starting Infliximab infusions soon. I really enjoy art and fashion and I am doing Art and Textiles as GCSE’s! I also have been dancing since I was really young. I would like to chat to other teenagers who are going through a similar experience. 

Holly - 3970

Hi, my name is Holly and I am 11.  I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in February 2018 and I am currently on the medication Azathioprine, Lansoprazole and have just finished 7 weeks liquid diet on Modulen.  My interests are reading and writing stories, I’d like to have someone to talk to about Crohn’s.

Katy – 1582

My name is Katy and I am 18 years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 8 years old. I am currently taking a gap year before studying English Literature at university. I enjoy reading, running and shopping. 

Emma – 3733

I’m Emma and I’m 15 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in August 2016 at the age of 14 after experiencing symptoms for 3 years. I was on a 6-week Modulen diet which didn’t heal my inflammation so I then went on prednisolone steroids. I now take azathioprine, adcal and Omeprazole. I enjoy baking, sport and watching films. I would love to talk to people who understand the difficulties with crohns and struggles with school.

Mollie – 3463

My names Mollie, I am 16 and taking my GCSEs this school year. I have had severe ulcerative colitis since I was 11 years old and have had lots of treatments of the year but have no yet needed an operation. I’d be happy to talk to anyone going through similar things! 

Hannah – 2949

'Hi, I'm Hannah, I'm 18 years old and was diagnosed with IBD when I was 13. Last June I completed my A levels and I've now got myself a job working part time in retail. I'm taking a few courses to become a qualified nail technician. I'm happy to talk to anyone who wants a chat or some support. 

Tami – 3664

Hi, I'm Tami and I'm 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohns in June 2016 and have been on a number of different medications since then, including Azathioprine, Modulen, steroids and am currently on Humira (adalimumab). I have two dogs and volunteer at a dog groomers. I also have a hamster and I giant African land snail. I love playing cricket and hockey and would like to talk to new people.

Amelia – 3746

My name is Amelia, I am 12 years old (Yr. 8) and I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in October 2016. I have had Modulen through an NG tube for 3 months and am currently on some Modulen, Pentasa, Azathioprine and Prednisolone. I play for my local table tennis team, I do scouts and I enjoy reading and art. I also play the piano to relax. It would be good to chat to people similar to me and would like to make new friends. I am also happy to help others with their questions as well. 

Beatrice - 3929

Hi, I'm Bea and I am 11, nearly 12 and I was diagnosed with Crohn's in December 2017. I am on Modulen for 8 weeks and I was on it over Christmas and couldn't eat! Christmas was still really fun and I am not letting it make me sad. I would love to talk to people who understand or to anyone who needs some help getting through this first bit. I love to dance and I have two cats called Pip and Hulk who always keep my mind off things and keep me happy! I am really looking forward to getting better and the Modulen seems to be working. 

Rory – 3917

My name is Rory and I am 18 years old. I’ve just been diagnosed with severe Crohn’s Disease after several years of symptoms, yet it has still come as a surprise.  I would find talking to somebody about things helpful and would be interested to hear about their experiences.

Flossy - 3981

Hi, I’m Flossy, I am 11 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in December 2017.  I stayed in PRH in Telford.  There is a lot to process at the minute but I think it’s just starting to sink in.  I’ve just finished steroids and started methotrexate and should start infliximab in a week or so, oh, and there’s the iron tablets (yuk – sweet) and folic acid and ondansetron for nausea.  I couldn’t swallow tablets in December, and now look at me!

I like scouts, my Xbox (playing Minecraft), phone, athletics and art. I also like reading.  Oh, and I like to think I’m good at telling jokes but my mum thinks I need to practice ☹. I want to speak to people like me because I need someone who knows what it feels like and to make (fingers crossed) new friends. 

P.S. Please write to me.

Toby - 3978

My name is Toby and I’m 13 years old. I got diagnosed with Crohns Disease a couple of weeks ago so I think it would be nice if I could talk to someone that understands me. I like football and boxing and I love acting. 

Elle-Mae - 3977

Hi, I am Elle-Mae, I’m nearly 14 years old and have Crohn’s Disease. I have been tube fed on the liquid diet and take steroids and azathioprine, I will be going on infliximab soon.  I enjoy baking, textiles and love animals.

Ella - 3953

Hi, I’m Ella. I’m 14 years old and have had Crohn’s Disease since I was 13.  I have been tube-fed, been on Steroids and Azathioprine and now going on Infliximab.  I enjoy baking and spending time with my friends.

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

Brooke – 3698

Hi, I’m Brooke; I’m 15 and I was diagnosed with colitis in 2016. I enjoy music, art and baking. I’m slowly starting to feel more like my old self, but I’d love to talk to anyone who needs any advice or just someone to talk to.

Libby – 3627

Hello, my name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was nearly 12 years old.  I would like to hear from people around my age who understand what I’m going through.  I enjoy dancing, Tae Kwon Do and love looking after animals especially our dog.

Lydia – 3027

Hi, my name is Lydia and I’m 18 years old and have Ulcerative Colitis.  I love animals and acting and cuddling up with my dog Jodie.

Maisie – 3412

I was 12 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease (I am now 15). It was the 27th May 2015 when I got the news after an endoscopy and colonoscopy.  I was really thin and looked ill.  After I got diagnosed I was on Modulen for 6 weeks which unfortunately didn’t work.  I had to stay in Southampton Hospital for 3 days after I got diagnosed.  After Modulen I was put on steroids and my face was very chubby!  Fortunately, the steroids worked.  I feel much better now and am on azathioprine, Senna and vitamin D spray.

Wendy – 2451

Hi, I'm Wendy and I'm 18 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 10 and have had Modulen 4 times so far. I'm currently in sixth form studying English and Psychology. I enjoy art, shopping, reading and movies. I'm happy to talk to anyone and get to know new people.

Jess – 3791

Hi, my name is Jess and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with Proctitis is March 2016.  I was on different types of medication for 3 months until I went on an 8-week course of Prednisolone.  Luckily, after that course of medication I am in remission and thankfully have been for 7 months.  I am determined to prove you can have a life and achieve after you have been diagnosed with IBD.

Amy – 3594

Hi, my name is Amy, I am 15 and was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 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.

Natalia – 3341

Hi, my name is Natalia and I am 19 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.

Willow – 3330

Hi, my name is Willow and I am 12 years’ old and I was diagnosed with Indeterminate Colitis when I was 6. I like acting, art and I also go to Scouts. My medications now are Azathioprine and Mesalazine. I am home educated and have a twin brother and 2 other sisters’ and I would love to hear from anyone who would like to write to me!

Anna – 3299

Hi, I’m Anna and I’m 16 years old (year 12).  I was diagnosed with IBDU (this means they don’t know if it is Crohns or Colitis) in October 2014.  I love to sing and I like to meet up with friends. I am studying for A Levels in Business, Art and Health and Social Care. I missed a lot of school in years 10 & 11 and had to take my GCSE’s at home. I live in Surrey and am on Infliximab every 5 weeks currently.  I would love to talk to anyone who has similar worries to me.

Niamh – 2983

Hi, I’m Niamh and I am 18 years old, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in November 2011, but now diagnosed as Indeterminate Colitis.   I was home tutored until recently due to chronic fatigue and am now at 6th form (year 14) studying A Level Psychology and Financial Studies having already completed and gained A levels in English Literature and Business.  My hobbies are reading, art, drawing, and painting, watching films and listening to music.  I have recently passed my driving test and enjoy the independence it's given me.  We have adopted two retired greyhounds called Choco and Biggles.