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Stron.gerthanuthink aka Yvonne Wiggan's Story

Eastbourne, UK

Age: 46 or better

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Chrons disease

Time to Get Diagnosed

1 year to diagnosis me which I spent in hospital

Year I was Diagnosed

1982 finally I had answers

Sending Love to

Eleanor Wood, Gastro specialist and the team are amazing

Hospital I'd Recommend

Homerton hospital East London

This is my story:

I am Yvonne and I have Crohns Disease in the small bowel. I was diagnosed in the 1982, sadly my illness was not heard of, they thought I had cancer and then an eating disorder. Finally a Gastro specialist looked at me and the diagnosis was confirmed. Personally after 1 year in hospital it wasn’t about the diagnosis it was about going home for my 16th birthday with 30 steroid tablets to be taken 3 times a day.

I went from a thin 29kg to someone who was 65kg I looked big. My family of 7 brothers and sisters plus my parents were so supportive as my mum was a nurse at the time. I vowed never to be admitted to hospital again and I stuck to that by changing my diet, clean eating and learning yoga.

Until 2018 when I develop Sepsis Shock. 8 months in ICU, full body shutdown, paralysed, tracheotomy, cardiac arrest twice, blood transfusion, kidney dialysis plus I lost 40% of my body weight due to being bedridden. Sepsis nearly took my arm, legs and face but the medical team acted quickly. I also had a temporary ileostomy and reversal surgery. My family were advised to makes plans for my furneral. Surprisingly 4 months later I woke up and personally had no idea what had happen to me. My medical advised me because of the Crohns Disease my body was unable to fight the infection so my shutdown. Once rehabilitation started I learnt to walk, talk and eat again plus speech therapy.

8 months in ICU was the ultimate challenge of my life.

I have to say that episode of my life change my outlook on my illness and how people see me. One thing I’ve always said to be people is “see the ability in someone and not the illness”

The illness doesn’t define you it helps you to discover who you really are.

Many people have asked me about Crohns Disease and of course its different for each individual but my main symptoms now is gaining weight or need to at least my dietician tells me this..

I think am one of the lucky ones. My son who is 25 years old also has Crohns disease as well as cerebral palsy, ASD, Thalassemia, learning difficulties. He is my inspiration – together we are a rock. Life has been a roller coaster but we learn from each other.

We both embrace life and we both have a passion for fitness too. We are lucky to have an amazing PT Ollie Goulden @Made2fit , he researches our illnesses before training us both, he helped me when I came out of ICU to get full mobility and strength and has done the same for my son who also got Sepsis.

Would I change anything “No”, we were both meant to do this journey for a reason.

Embrace your illness, learn from it and remember you are Stronger Than u Think ❤❤❤

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
I will survive disco classic played it so many times in ICU
I never leave home without my:
Rucksack full of goodies
My go-to feel better movie is: 
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
Bob Marley if he was alive
When I need to relax, I:
Meditate, yoga and a walk on the beach
My favorite food is:
Steak for protein
The quote that keeps me going is:
I am amazing
When I need a laugh, I:
I think of all the funny stuff that has happened to me
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
Currently walking my neighbours dog Smudge his lovely.
My hero is:
Harley Quinn she is so me
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
My favorite book to get lost in is:
The Universe has your back Gabby Bernstein
I want to be best friends with:
Too many to mention
The thing I’m most proud of:
Surviving sepsis despite having a 2% survival rate
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
My coma I saw so much when I was asleep and from what I saw the future looks bright 🌞
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
Got out of a limousine and someone asked me for a picture and autograph I think they thought I was famous
It really means a lot when someone does this:
Says thank you manners cost nothing
My favorite social media account to follow is:
Too many to mention.
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
Always follow your instinct
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
Stay strong you have got this and there is light at the end of the tunnel ✨💪
Follow my journey: IG Stron.gerthanuthink

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