"She's an inspiration to us all"

"She's an inspiration to us all"

Published by Chris Craddock
6:00am 9th June 2019.

"She's an inspiration to us all"


The response to this South Wootton woman's story about her battle with Crohn's disease.


Jayme Harford was only 21-years-old when she diagnosed with the condition in 2012 and has twelve surgeries since because of it.


Jayme Harford woodland walk
Jayme is organising healthy walks around South Wootton woods


She's since lost all of her large intestine because of the disease as well.


But despite all of that - Jayme is trying to help others in the area stay healthy as well as raising awareness about Chron's disease.


Lots of people were moved by her story when they saw it on KLFM.


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7 months ago V right now 💜 Its been one hell of a journey in recovering from the emergency op I had to remove my entire large bowel i don’t share half. I’m sat here this morning feeling so lucky in life I’m having an unbelievable weekend and I have everything to be thankful for 🙏 that would never stop my passion for raising the much needed awareness of IBD. Hopefully no one looking at these photos is too squeamish 🥴 January I was rushed back to hospital during my early healing process because I was drastically malnourished my muscle mass was next to none, I was weak, I had no internal body fat my weight had plummeted further due to a sickness bug. I needed to be fed intravenously ASAP because my body was going into shock I remember looking at my mum and for the first time in my life my words were ‘Iv had enough’ I felt like I didn’t have anymore fight left. Well I did I returned back with her and my stepdad John I stayed with them a couple more months so my mum could be my strength before finally being reunited to my lovely home with my boyfriend dean. Even at that point to where I am now physically seemed a million miles away. I started off just taking pippa for small walks and each week I’d go a little further, I was learning what foods I could and could not tolerate, I realised that water was a big NO now because it’s the large bowel that absorbs the water in all food and drink. I found away around these obstacles without fuelling myself with saturated fats & sugary drinks. Ask me how 💚 I started having days out, making memories with my loves again without worrying my bag was going to leak. I got back into something I love and being more inspired every day to help others, I started cooking again which is one of my biggest passions,I was starting to live & not just exist. I’m sat here reflecting on how far Iv come in what seemed forever but was actually such a small amount of time. This week Iv done my first core workout 🏋️‍♀️ Last night I danced the whole night away 💃🏻 My hope in sharing with you is that no one with Crohn’s or colitis ever feels alone. My vision for the future is amazing 💥I wish that for all of you 💪🏻 #worldibdday #worldibdday2019

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Ashley Hannah Osborne said:


"She's an awesome lady! I have Crohn's and ileostomy too.


"She's an inspiration to us all."


Jayme Harford in hospital


Jayme said:


"I want to raise so much awareness, because back in 2012 I was 21 and I woke up with a stoma bag and literally thought, wow, my life is over.


This doesn't happen to 21-year-olds and I felt so alone and I never ever want anyone to feel as alone as I did back then"


"Up until it happened to me, I didn't really understand the importance of your large bowel really because absorbs all the water in your food and drink so it's been a challenge from there to now, just figuring out what I can tolerate. I can no longer drink water alone, it would dehydrate me and go through me in seconds."



You can find out more about the South Wootton woods walks she's setting up on her website.


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