Fareham mum to raise illness awareness

Luciann Dugan with her partner Stephen Dugan and their son Oscar Dugan. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141463-3)
Luciann Dugan with her partner Stephen Dugan and their son Oscar Dugan. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141463-3)
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FRIENDS and family will take part in a charity walk to raise awareness of a medical condition.

Luci Dugan was diagnosed with colitis two years ago and later had life-saving surgery.

The procedure involved creating a stoma, which is an external opening on the abdomen for excrement to exit.

Tomorrow Luci, along with husband Stephen, 24, son Oscar, and her friends Mary Byrne, Cassie Snoad, Katie Box, Kayleigh James, Jake Till and Jethro Charlton, will be taking part in a 5km walk around London.

Luci, a mum-of-two, first started noticing problems two years ago.

The 25-year-old administrative supervisor said: ‘I was taken into hospital with what doctors thought was gastroenteritis.

‘I had been suffering from sickness and diarrhoea which wasn’t improving.

‘I was also feeling tired all the time and felt a real lack of energy.

‘After a series of tests, and blood transfusions I needed emergency surgery to save my life and was diagnosed with indeterminate colitis.

‘This was a difficult time for everyone, but I am one of the luckier ones.

‘I’m still able to work and look after my children Oscar, two, and Harry, who is six months old.’

Indeterminate colitis covers two conditions – ulcerative colitis, which affects the large intestine and Crohn’s disease, which can affect the entire digestive system.

Luci, of Woodbourne Close, Fareham, is still having tests to determine which condition she has and hopes that when this is determined her stoma will be reversed.

Money raised from the walk will go to charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

To donate money, visit justgiving.com/dugan/