Roeland Pater was in his late teens when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He ignored it for as long as he could until he was finally hospitalised a few days before a holiday.
“All of a sudden, I was in the hospital and had people telling me I now had a chronic disease. That was very surreal,” he tells the Standard. “After a few years of trying to ignore it, I realised that everything in my life had changed. So I became aware that it was better to start dealing with it in a more healthy way.”