The question on a lot of fans lips in the last few months is about the whereabouts of Gladiators forward Luis Rose who hasn’t donned the blue shirt since October 3rd’s defeat to Hednesford Town which is just over two months at the time of writing.

We had a brief conversation with Luis about the illness that has kept him away from the game he loves, Luis began by saying “I was diagnosed when I was 13 with ulcerative colitis.” Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK yet it is largely a hidden disease, and one that causes stigma, fear and isolation – it’s thought that many people with the condition go undiagnosed and suffer in silence and is the same illness kept ex-Manchester United and current Stoke City player Darren Fletcher out of the game for a year. Luis has chosen to speak out to raise awareness for those in the same shoes.

Luis, is on his way back to fighting fit, “I’ve been in remission since, symptom-free and I’ve not taken any medication for the last 3 years. I’ve controlled it naturally and been careful with what I eat. This time the symptoms are the same, but I’ve been for blood tests at the doctors and the hospital and they both show no markers of ulcerative colitis. They seem to think it was just a virus so I’m back at the hospital Tuesday for more tests!”

Luis finished with saying “I can’t wait to be back and I’m counting down the days until I’m back out on the pitch.”, we can’t wait to have Luis back and we are proud of him for taking the decision to talk about a disease that largely goes about unspoken.

If you wish to help those who suffer from either Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis then you can do so by supporting Crohn’s and Colitis UK and make a donation here – https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/donate

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