Doing this trek in Spain is a personal challenge for me, but also an opportunity to take part in an exciting adventure with an important outcome. I suffered from bowel issues throughout my whole life so far, being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 18 in the year 2000.
I had struggled to control my symptoms for years, trying several different medications, trial drugs and alternative methods. For ten years I did this, some years were awesome, some were hard and tested my resilience.
Until 2009 when I stopped responding to medications available at the time. I had a perforation in my bowel and consulted surgeons on my options.
The best thing for my health was to have my large bowel removed in its entirety and have a permanent ileostomy created. I don't for one second regret that decision. I have been more healthy post surgery than I ever was before. I have been able to carry two successful pregnancies resulting in my two gorgeous boys.
I'm doing the trek as a personal challenge, but also for research in the hope that one day we will find a cure for these invisible diseases. I don't want my children or anyone else to have to experience these debilitating symptoms.
I'm hoping to raise as much as I can for CCA with a minimum of $4000.00 going to the organisation for vital research projects. I really appreciate your support.
To follow my story, please check out my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/gutlesswonderful
Thank you. Mel xx