The mother-of-two, who is married to former Geordie Shore star Gaz Beadle, discovered weeks before their wedding last year that she had holes in her heart and was later diagnosed with a condition that caused ulcers and bleeding in her colon caused
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Emma McVey has spoken openly about the horrific health conditions she is suffering from, which causes her to faint, become thin and lose blood.
The 29-year-old model married 34-year-old Geordie Shore star Gaz Beadle last year – and together they have a four-year-old son named Chester and a two-year-old daughter named Primrose.
Emma was diagnosed with three large holes in her heart just weeks before she and Gary tied the knot in July last year – but she also suffers from a condition called colitis, which she was diagnosed with last October.
Colitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the colon – Emma has no energy and can barely stand before she is successfully diagnosed.
Speaking about her appalling state of health, Emma told Fabulous magazine: “The past year has been a whirlwind. I’m still trying to grapple with this latest health issue. Two weeks ago I had another flare up – I’m losing a lot of blood and feeling very tired – so recently I’ve doubled my meds and reintroduced steroids.
“I’ve lost a lot of confidence. One health issue after another wears you down and I was so skinny my face looked gaunt which made me insecure.”
The influencer says she wants to raise awareness about colitis, as it’s a condition that makes some sufferers feel insecure.
She explained: “Colitis is a sensitive issue. Some people need to have surgery and put on ostomy bags to drain waste. I get messages from people saying they made it and never looked back, so I’ll judge where I am in a few years.
“It’s common for those affected to become depressed because living with a long-term condition like colitis can take a significant toll on their mental well-being and the stigma means people often don’t feel comfortable speaking their minds. I don’t want to hide and pretend that’s not going to happen.”
The NHS describes the condition as follows: “Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition that causes the colon and rectum to become inflamed. The large intestine is the large intestine (intestine) and the rectum is the end of the intestine where stool is stored. Small ulcers can develop on the lining of the colon that bleed and produce pus.”
While the NHS also add that the condition is treatable.
Later in her Fabulous interview, Emma talks about the surgery she needs to fix three holes discovered in her heart.
She had complained to doctors about seizures and fainting – leading medics to believe she had epilepsy.
However, when she became pregnant with her daughter, these symptoms worsened and she passed out even more frequently.
Doctors attached a heart monitor to her and it was found that her heart had holes – and medical experts were shocked she had survived a caesarean when her daughter arrived.
Emma is expected to go under the knife to have the condition treated, but will have to wait until after the procedure to have more children.
However, she was forced to postpone the surgery because the steroids she is taking to treat her colitis could be affecting the way her bones are able to heal.
She also commended Gaz for his support during her diagnostic and health struggles.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/emma-mcvey-terrifying-health-conditions-26729648 Emma McVey on terrifying health conditions that are leaving her weak, thin and bleeding