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Louise Thompson has opened up about her struggles with her physical and mental health in a candid new post.
The TV personality, 33, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap of herself in hospital hooked up to a drip as she discussed her struggles with ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic bowel condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed and small ulcers can develop on the colon's lining, which can bleed.
In a post to mark Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, Louise detailed her struggles with the condition since her diagnosis in 2018 and wrote about her 'tough time'.
She bravely opened up about how her symptoms became worse amid her mental health struggles because she didn't 'really care if she died'.
Louise Thompson has opened up about her physical and mental health, sharing a snap of herself in hospital hooked up to a drip and discussed her struggles with ulcerative colitis
Louise candidly wrote: 'Hello, My name is Louise and I have ulcerative colitis. This week is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week.
'I was diagnosed in 2018. I became worried when I noticed quite a lot of blood in my poo that came out of nowhere.
'I didn't know much about inflammatory bowel diseases but my main concern was the fact that a few of my close family members had suffered with aggressive bowel cancer.
'I thought that my symptoms might go away over time (given that I'd never struggled my health before, in fact quite the opposite, I'd been the poster girl for health) so I left things for a month or so but when my symptoms didn't get better I told members of my family.
'I was diagnosed via a colonoscopy and luckily I got treated with medication that worked fairly quickly to put me into remission.'
After detailing her diagnosis, Louise admitted she has had a 'tough time' recently due to her struggles with her physical symptoms and her mental health.
'Unfortunately I have had a tough time more recently. When my mental health was really bad I lost control of bodily functions and I didn't prioritise my physical health because I didn't really care if I died,' she continued.
'I couldn't comprehend what was going on around me at the best of times so when I left the house and poo'd myself on numerous occasions it was just another nuisance that I had to deal with but it didn't scratch the surface compared to all my internal suffering and my other neurological symptoms.
In a lengthy caption, Louise opened up about how her bowel symptoms became worse amid her mental health struggles because she didn't 'really care if she died'
Louise (pictured in January) said she has now started medication called Vedolizumab - used to keep Crohn's or Colitis under control - in a bid to manage her symptoms
'I was so disconnected from my body that I couldn't feel anything so it often caught me by total surprise.
'It was much more horrifying to those around me who had a more rational head on their shoulders who finally took me to A&E where I became an inpatient and was treated with iv steroids, a TNF, iron infusions ang other things. Sadly I had a reaction.'
Louise said she has now started medication called Vedolizumab - used to keep Crohn's or Colitis under control - in a bid to manage her symptoms as she detailed her next steps.