At times over the past 13 years poo has had much more than a second thought from me. That and the pain I was under on a daily basis, muted on good days, and so sharp and debilitating on bad days. I have gone home from nights out with friends, sat in the toilet for an hour at work and for the sake of emphasis and because I am not the only one, I have pooed my pants.
On hearing the news that Manchester United and Scotland footballer Darren Fletcher is taking an extended break from football due to on-going issues with ulcerative colitis, my heart truly sank. Colitis is a terrible debilitating condition that has the potential to be life-threatening.