Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson has offered an insight into a ‘very scary situation’ after she started bleeding on holiday.
The former reality TV star, 32, was enjoying baby son Leo-Hunter’s first trip abroad when she went into ‘deep panic mode.’
Louise was holidaying with her family in Mykonos when the issue arose, relating to an existing medical condition she suffers from called ulcerative colitis (UC).
The condition is an incurable autoimmune condition which causes someone’s colon to become inflamed and bleed after small ulcers develop.
According to the NHS, UC affects around 146,000 people in the UK.
Louise took to her Instagram story to give her fans and update, writing: ‘Radio silence yesterday because I had a very scary UC situation where I started bleeding A LOT without any muscular contractions and it sent me into deep panic mode.’
She added that she finds ‘excessive bleeding pretty triggering’ after a traumatic birth of her son.
‘Couldn’t get to grips with the idea of a 1 hour air ambulance to Athens if things got bad so I booked a flight to come home – but after a chat with a wonderful gastro I’ve decided to stay,’ she added.
Louise then shared a second photo to show she was eating a ‘colitis friendly breakfast’ of eggs, salmon, white bread and melon.
The influencer has been open about her condition in the past in a bid to raise awareness, previously explaining that her ‘goal’ is to be ‘in remission’ she she ‘doesn’t have any symptoms.’
‘You have it for life and there’s no cure, but you have periods of remission and then you also have flare ups,’ she explained.
‘With regards to day-to-day life, when I’m in remission I don’t have any symptoms – so that’s the goal.
‘You want to manage your body so you can get to that place and be able to function normally.’
It’s been a few years since Louise was diagnosed, and she now prioritises fitness and healthy eating to stay feeling well.
She has also credited exercising for ‘saving her life’ after Leo’s birth eight months ago, which left her in hospital for five weeks, facing ‘various serious complications’.
The fitness guru has since been diagnosed with PTSD, and recently lauded modern medicine for helping her recovery, saying she was ‘so grateful’ to be feeling stronger
The 31-year-old shares baby Leo with partner Ryan Libbey, who has stuck by her side through her mental health struggles.
Louise celebrated her birthday earlier this year, her first since becoming a mother, and assured her followers she is making good progress and is ‘nowhere near’ where she was a few months back, after once asking her mother and partner why she ‘couldn’t have just died on the operating table because that would have been easier.’