Jewish Health

Hinda - Interview 25

Female
Age at interview: 54

Brief outline: Hinda was diagnosed with Crohn's disease fifteen years ago. She had a re-section and has remained on medication since.

Background: Hinda works as a caterer, she is single and has one grown up child. Ethnic background/nationality: Jewish

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Hinda was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease after a few years of experiencing problems with her bowels and considerable weight loss. Hinda was relieved to get the diagnosis as she felt she was going mad. She had a bowel re-section and was put on a range of medication including Imuran and Solazapirine. Five years ago, Hinda was put on Questran.
 

Having read a bit about Crohn’s early on, Hinda now just tries to get on with her life. She feels having Crohn’s has constrained her life. For example, it can take two or three hours to get ready in the morning after taking her medication, and going anywhere always involves finding out where the toilets are and making sure she has her medication. Hinda used to smoke around 20 cigarettes a day but stopped smoking around seven years ago. She feels this has helped her Crohn’s. Hinda works part time as a caterer and while she is largely aware of what she can and can’t eat, this can change depending on how stressed she is. 

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