I just want to give a shout out to the amazing Siobhan Marie O’Connor who has won a silver medal in the 200m swimming medley. Of course I support her because she is British, but I support her and salute her for succeeding in spite of the chronic illness that she lives with every day.
Siobhan has the debilitating condition ulcerative colitis which is hard enough to live with day to day for the average person, but for a world class athlete it is a major feat. To balance the demands of daily training sessions, early mornings, study, travel & dietary requirements for training with the symptoms that accompany inflammatory bowel disease – this 20 year old young lady has deserves all the accolades that will come her way.
(Idiots guide to inflammatory bowel disease – UC & Crohns – to follow!)