Former TOWIE star Sam Faiers has bravely opened up about her battle with the crippling incurable bowel disease Crohn’s.
Sam was diagnosed with the debilitating condition back in early 2014, following her stint in the Big Brother house.
At the time, fans couldn’t help but notice that the bubbly and popular reality TV star appeared downcast and gaunt – and little did she know, she was already suffering with symptoms of the disease. At her weakest, Sam revealed that her weight plummeted to just 7st.
Now, Sam has bravely shared her journey with Crohn’s disease, and some of the terrifying symptoms she experienced in an honest Instagram post.
She wrote, “In February 2014 I was diagnosed with a severe case of Crohn’s Disease.
“I lost two and a half stone, I was weak, fatigued, couldn’t hold any food down, I had boils on my face, my body shut down on me.”
Sam also shared her thoughts on how the condition often isn’t taken as serious as it should be.
She continued, “A lot of us underestimate how serious this illness is. I have met families who have lost loved ones in serious cases and young girls who have had bowels removed. It’s heartbreaking. The more awareness we make the more we can help each other.”
A remedy for her symptoms…
Returning to talk about her own difficult experiences, Sam shared how she’s been able to find somewhat of a relief for her symptoms.
“After 1 year of tests, tablets, steroids, shakes & special diets we started to research into other natural remedies that could help me too. I found for me an anti inflammatory diet really helped – you can find plenty online, juicing – has been amazing for me, I take a number of vitamins & minerals every day. I drink kefir, plenty of water & I live a healthy balanced life.
“When I was pregnant with Paul I felt the best I ever had in my life (not sure why, but pregnancy really did help) and that’s something I was concerned about.”
Finally in a happier place, she finished by saying “I am so grateful I am off all medication. It has been a big journey for me & my family.”
(Sam with son Paul)
Sam also appeared happy and healthy at charity event Walk It in London over the weekend, taking part in the exercises and happily posing for pictures.
Fans praise her bravery…
Fans on her Instagram post have also praised the TOWIE star for opening up and sharing her experiences. One user said, “Thanks for raising awareness. As someone who just got recently diagnosed with UC it’s very comforting to hear your story and how you’ve achieved remission. An invisible illness can be so difficult to live with.”
Another wrote “Thank you so much for posting this. It is really helpful and will be helpful for many other Crohn’s sufferers.”
But some had criticism…
However, some were keen to state the importance of taking medication if it was needed, and not just following a natural remedy diet.
One user said, “I wouldn’t recommend anyone coming off medication to follow a natural diet. This disease is incurable. You may have periods of remission, sometimes they can be lengthy but it will always be there. Even when you feel well medication keeps inflammation at bay. I am on 8 weekly bioligical infusions to dampen down my immune system, it stops it attacking itself. I am in remission and leading a normal life. But I still rock up every 8 weeks though for my meds.”
Sam did actually amend her comments in the wake of the criticism. She wrote “Note- this is my experience & what worked for me. We aren’t all the same, however All of the above is natural & good for us regardless and won’t harm you so worth a try x”