Hi, my name is Lesley. I am a member of the Notts & Derby IA committee. I was born in 1960 and have lived in various parts of the UK, moving to Hucknall in Nottingham nearly six years ago.
My working life has been spent working in hospital laboratories and, once recovered from my initial and second surgeries, I did continue to work for a while but have now retired from full time employment, although I do still do some work on a consultancy basis to keep my hand in.
My ulcerative colitis was a sudden onset in 2018, and following six months of increasing illness and debility, culminated in emergency surgery to remove my colon and to create my ileostomy ‘ George” in June 2018. A year later there was further surgery. ( Proctectomy and closure) which took several months to heal. I am very grateful to the NHS for my care and glad to say that I did recover in the end and that since the operation in June 2019, I have mostly been well.
I joined the IA very soon after my first surgery and have found it to be a very supportive and helpful organisation and would now like to pass on that same support to others.