A healthy body is a key to living a great lifestyle. Despite knowing this, not everyone leads a healthy life. Due to different reasons, people contract diseases. As a result, their health suffers. In turn, it affects the person's physical and mental stamina. The diseases bring pain, discomfort to the patient.
The story of Ste Walker's painful disease is a tragic tale. It all began in 2012 when he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, that reduced his healthy life to that of a patient. Soon, he was reduced to a shadow of his former self. Every day was a challenge for him.
We bring you his story, which is an inspiration for others specially those who give up in life easily.
Read on to know more about him.
Ste Walker was 24 when he was diagnosed of Crohn's disease in 2012. Crohn's disease is a chronic intestinal disease, which can cause inflammation of digestive system. He hails from Halifax, West Yorkshire.
In his fight against the disease, Ste underwent surgery for more than 80 times in the last two years, during which the inflamed intestine was removed metre by metre. This was because he couldn't go to toilet for two two years from 2012 to 2014.
The disease has not affected his physique. He looks healthy. But because of the disease, he cannot pass the motions. He has to undergo surgery to take out faeces. Because he has to undergo surgery very often, he holds a disability card.
But people keep judging him by his 'healthy' looks and criticise him for using a disability card. Ste has to give explanation every time people comment on him.
Ste has posted online photos of him that show both sides - the one he lives every day, and the side that other people see. His long and emotional post describing his daily fight can be a lesson for all.
Ste Walker is an inspiration to those people who suffer from a disability. Walker told Today.com: "Invisible illnesses need more awareness… everyone knows about cancer, but not [everyone] knows about Crohn's." (Image: Ste Walker with his daughter).
The US based Colostomy Association stated: "Cases like Ste Walker's are sadly very common. There needs to be improved public awareness that people living a stoma, Crohn's or other bowel conditions have the right to use accessible toilets without fear of harassment or embarrassment."
Walker has launched #Sick But Invisible campaign, which spreads awareness about 'invisible' illnesses like his and to support those who suffer from such diseases.
Under this campaign, Ste sends love to those who suffer from such disabilities that aren't visible. They send out gifts like these to those patients to make their day better. The gifts carry the message #YouAreVisible.