You’re not alone

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) isn’t a life sentence. We’re here to tell you (with the help of some celebrities) that you can live a rich and experience-filled life with your condition.

There are plenty of examples of active, talented people living with IBD who’ve simply refused to let their condition get in the way of their dreams. We’ve picked some of the most high-profile examples to show you that the sky is always the limit. These are but a few of the countless others who have made IBD work around their life.

Dynamo

Arguably the world’s most famous contemporary magician, Dynamo was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 15. Dynamo, whose real name is Steven Frayne, began studying magic in his teens and believes that the process helped him stay positive and occupied during times of poor health. Speaking to the press in 2013, the world-famous illusionist commented: “Being really unwell when you’re young can be very isolating, not to mention boring.”

He’s since gone on to star in several TV specials, perform for Jay Z and dazzle millions of people around the world with a unique talents.

Anastacia

She’s sold over 20 million albums and dominated the charts with #1 singles. People across the world know Anastacia for her incredible voice, but few know she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was just 13 years old.

This diagnosis never stopped ‘the little lady with the big voice’ from having a stunning career that few singer-songwriters could match. She’s spent the last two decades touring the globe, maintaining a busy schedule of performing and recording as well as embarking on a number of charity projects to help raise much-needed funds for HIV and breast cancer research.

Shannen Doherty

Following her career breakthrough on the legendary Beverly Hills 90210, Shannen Doherty became a fan favourite with her demon-slaying sisters on Charmed. If the life of an actress wasn’t already demanding enough, Shannen has had to manage her Crohn’s disease throughout much of her career. With a life full of rehearsals, lengthy production schedules and magazine photo shoots, Shannen’s success shows that a glamourous Hollywood life and IBD are not mutually exclusive.

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