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I'm currently 17 and studying at college. Just finished my first year and I have a break until September now. During my first year of college I got Crohn's disease and after almost 8 months it was finally officially diagnosed a few weeks ago with a colonoscopy and MRI scan. I had to leave college 7 weeks before everybosy else because my health became so bad that I was no longer able to do basic tasks. Not only was I severely malnourished and fatigued but I had constant bowel problems, incontinence, and the worst of all, multiple perianal abscesses which recurred 3 times which was living hell for me. I'm still in this state now except i've been lucky enough to avoid another abscess for now, I need assistance to get into the bath and out of the bath, I can only walk short distances without my legs aching and i've developed severe anxiety and depression from how much of an impact this disease has made on my life in the space of a year.
I spoke to my mom about PIP because I know that it means I can get a car fully paid for if I get rewarded the high rate mobility. Since my college is so far away and I used to get the bus with my friends I need a car now, since getting crohns the bus has become a nightmare where i'm in constant fear and pain of having incontinence issues (which has happened twice). Having a car would make my second year at college so much easier, i would truly feel independent and more confident.
I have also heard that PIP is VERY difficult to get and unless your head is hanging off, you're unlikely to get even low rate. Does anybody have experience or knowledge about PIP and Crohn's disease and have there been any changes to the system which helps people suffering from this illness?
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