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"Kelly"

"Kelly"

Name: "Kelly"
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2017
Location: Manchester
Campaign: It's not all about poo!

I've had Irritable Bowel Syndrome since I was 13 and I want the public to be kinder to sufferers. I actually feel the stigma of my condition so strongly that i've chosen to remain anonymous, for fear of being mocked.  

  

If the world was a nicer place, then I would be out and talking openly about it, but I find it embarrassing to tell people, and worry about public reaction.  

 

This condition is embarrassing, you can feel depressed, isolated and stressed – and that cycle of stress only makes it worse. It’s very disruptive because you always have to plan your day and your activities around being near a toilet. 

 

A lot of people think you just spend all your time pooing so they think it’s funny, they see it as a joke. They don’t see that it can also cause a lot of physical pain. It’s a life-changing, debilitating and serious medical condition. 

  

*Kelly is not my real name.

 

The following fixers helped me with this fix: 

Josef Owen Woodruff

Phoebe McManus

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