Sam Faiers has given an honest and candid new interview about the illness that famously changed her life.
The former TOWIE star was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease back in 2014. And although she appears to be dealing with the disease now, Sam has admitted that back then, she was terrified.
When asked what her worst health scare had ever been, Sam told Mail Online: ‘Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2014. It was horrible.’
‘I had lost a lot of weight, was in pain and vomiting and had diarrhoea. After lots of tests, they eventually diagnosed Crohn’s’, she said of the chronic inflammatory disease she was told she had.
Remembering the scare she had after being put told she needed to be put on steroids and antibiotics, as well as a strict diet of shakes, Sam said:
‘Doctors said I might need to have surgery to remove part of my intestine. It was all pretty scary.’
The mum-of-one’s weight dropped to around 7 stone after she left the Celebrity Big Brother house, during which she was hit with painful stomach cramps and sickness.
‘My body was just shutting down because there was just nothing inside me – I couldn’t keep anything down, not even water,’ she told MailOnline at the time.
But now, Sam says, she’s finally off the medication and carrying on with her life – she’s also cut down on alcohol, restricting herself to just the occasional glass of red wine.
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‘I’m not taking any more meds now and things have been fine,’ she said. ‘For the past year I’ve taken vitamin supplements and I feel incredibly well on them.’
Aw. We’re so glad to hear the new mum’s doing so well.
For more information about Crohn’s Disease, go to the NHS website.