I set up this charity in 2013, after receiving a total colectomy (the removal of my entire large bowel). At the tender age of 32, I had been to see my doctor for blood in the toilet after each bowel motion. My doctor dismissed me from her office, saying I had eaten something that had caused internal scratching.
I was sent home with ointment and told to stop being silly after getting upset.
I did not realise at this stage this was the first signs of ulcerative colitis which, if not monitored and managed correctly, had a high risk of developing into bowel cancer.
Even though the symptoms persisted, I was too embarrassed to go back to a doctor and carried on with work and raising my three-year-old daughter.
Four months after my initial doctor visit I was diagnosed with typhoid based Salmonella food poisoning.
The combination of food poisoning and ulcerative colitis resulted in an emergency surgery to remove my colon which had swelled to the point it was going to perforate.
Seven months after my emergency surgery I received a call from the hospital saying they had finally found a time for me to have a colonoscopy.
I had been on a waiting list since my first visit to A&E after contracting the Salmonella food poisoning.
This procedure would have detected the colitis if it was available to me when I first visited my doctor nearly a year before.