Lizzie's Story - Using Remission as an Inspiration

By: Lizzie Smith
Companion Contributor
Twitter: @lizziephysio

My name is Lizzie Smith, 29 from Nottinghamshire. 

I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease age 14...... since then I have a lot of flares and various treatments, including a Bowel Resection in my early 20's. Throughout all of this, I have tried to keep as fit as possible. Fitness is more than a physical aspect of my life, it is also vital for my mental health.  I love to be active, ranging from aqua Zumba and gentle yoga ( when I am struggling with fatigue) to obstacle race courses running over 15 miles and conquering over 100 obstacles when I am feeling well.

Last year after having Infliximab infusions I was given a new lease on life... I was in Remission and despite the side effects of the Infusion, I felt on top of the world. I decided to make the most of this and set myself fitness challenges every month in 2016 to raise money and awareness for IBD.

I did a 10k Superhero Themed Run every month, completed an SAS Selection Trekin the Brecon Beacons, completed various muddy obstacle course races- including Mudfest, a weekend where i completed a 5k, 10k and 10 mile obstacle course with other 250 obstacles over 2 days, the hardest obstacle course in the UK ( where I managed to qualify to represent the UK at The European Obstacle Course Championships) and finally, I competed in one of the toughest obstacle Courses on TV---- Ninja Warrior UK.... where I rocked up to the audition in a poo emoji top. I wanted to use my fitness to raise the profile of IBD and increase awareness. 

I had the most amazing year combining fitness with raising funds for IBD and increasing awareness. This also helped me physically to stay fit and mentally cope with the depression and anxiety that can occur with IBD.

Brooke Bogdan