Patient Stories

If you have recently been diagnosed with IBD, or perhaps you have been living with it for a long time, you might sometimes feel alone or isolated. Challenges of living with this chronic condition might include managing physical symptoms, dealing with a perceived stigma, and navigating social situations, all of which can affect your daily life.

But there are many others living with IBD who have been through what you are going through. From the first onset of symptoms, to getting an accurate diagnosis, to everyday life since, hear from others who are living with IBD in the UAE as they share their stories.

May 25, 2021

Sarah’s Story

My name is Sarah Sajwani, I am 27 years old and I live in Dubai. I am an entrepreneur and former architect. I have Crohn’s disease, affecting the terminal ileum.

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February 15, 2021

Hasan’s Story

My name is Najah Ali, I am originally from Syria and I have a 13-year-old son called Hasan. Hasan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease two years ago, when he was 12.

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December 1, 2020

Salma’s Story

My name is Salma*, I am 32-years-old and I have Crohn’s Disease. I work as a banker in Dubai and I have lived in the UAE most of my life.

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