Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Illness Won't Stop Sufferer from Trek

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Illness Won't Stop Sufferer from Trek

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Byline: Elouise Quinlivan elouise.quinlivan@ thechronicle.com.au

TOOWOOMBA'S Sarah Michel is sharing her experience with Crohn's disease to bring the debilitating illness out of the shadows.

This year marks 10 years since she was first diagnosed after continuous stomach pain, seemingly without a cause, at age 20.

"The doctor eventually had to do a colonoscopy... I've had about seven now," she said.

With an aunty also having the disease, she said she was aware of Crohn's, but had come to realise the wider community wasn't.

"My Crohn's increasingly became more severe, so much so I changed medications and went on a very expensive drug in 2012," Ms Michel said.

"That was the point at which I realised my life was going to be different."

This was Ms Michel first opened up about her disease.

"A lot of the reason people don't talk about Crohn's is that it's an embarrassing disease - people don't want to talk about bodily functions," she said. …

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