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Natasha was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2004. She tried several different treatments to manage her Crohn’s, until surgery became the only option. The doctors first considered giving her a stoma. A surgeon from the Queen Elizabeth hospital was asked to be involved in the operation. He decided she was too young to have a stoma because she had the rest of her life ahead of her. So, instead, the surgeons removed around 15cm of her large colon. Her health was then stable for a few years..She had further surgery in 2017 which left her with Steve – her ileostomy, Steve the Stoma. After Steve, she kept having hernias and was constantly in and out of hospital. In 2019, Natasha was told she needed a very big operation to remove her rectum, fix her hernia and reposition Steve, as well as sorting out the fistulas she had. Her surgeon decided it was best to split the operation into two parts so she could make a better and faster recovery. After having Operation Rectum, part 1, she knew she had to be prepared for the total proctocolectomy. Although she undertook research and asked questions of those who had the surgery, she was still scared. She spoke to one of her Stoma nurses, who helped ease her worries and told her about IA. She thought that speaking to those who have been through the same experiences would be a great support network. Natasha checked out the website and became a member of Birmingham IA. In May 2021 she had her rectum removed which was the final step in her Crohn’s surgery plan.
Natasha is currently studying to be a nail technician. In her free time, she enjoys catching up with all things Marvel and playing Dungeons & Dragons. She enjoys socialising with friends and family. She also enjoyed her role with Birmingham Young IA. Since having Operation Rectum part 2 in 2021, whilst she was at home recovering, she decided to become more involved with IA and Young IA. In 2022, Natasha took on the role of an IA Together Co-ordinator – for both young and not so young members! Natasha says that she was surprised but happy to be invited to join the Birmingham IA Committee, seeing it as the perfect chance to help and dedicate her spare time to the group. Before joining she didn’t realise how many people have stomas and live nearby.
When she is not busy with IA or her studies, she spends time gaming, going to concerts, cooking & baking. She has also discovered a love for playing Dungeons & Dragons, is a a big fan of Marvel and collects Marvel merchandise/collectables.