MY NAME IS DONNA MARIE
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis age 28, previous to this I was told I had IBS. In my teens and most of my 20’s, I was very fit and sporty. I used to do a lot of sports, including surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, white water rafting, octopush (underwater hockey) and basketball to name a few.
I worked in a very physical job. I had my son in 2002, and this was the first time I was admitted to hospital due to ‘IBS’. No tests were ever done because the diagnosis was assumed. I had a couple of bad bouts through my 20’s but not bad enough to stop me and my active life. I fell pregnant with my daughter in 2007, at about 6 months pregnant I began bleeding heavily from my rear end and getting a lot of pain and suffering from frequent diarrhoea and urgency. I went to the GP a few times but every time he dismissed me saying I was just having pregnancy problems, and that was just my IBS and the bleeding must be piles. He refused to examine me or perform any tests. He gave me laxatives even though I told him I had diarrhoea! I went back later that week and he gave me fibergel! This continued for a couple of weeks, I was going to the toilet up to 40 times a day and was getting a lot of urgency and was getting very tired with the blood loss. 4 weeks past and I was still not getting anywhere. One day I tried getting out of bed to go to the toilet and collapsed I got rushed to hospital and was found to have lost almost 4 pints of blood and was diagnosed with UC. I spent the remainder of pregnancy in hospital though they let me home for a few days over Christmas and new year.