“Seeing my mum and sister go through what they have been through… it was just something that was close to my heart,” she added.
The condition, which predominantly affects people internally, is often referred to as an “invisible illness”, due to many sufferers appearing to look presentable in their physical appearance despite daily discomfort.
Some of the more crippling symptoms of the disease, including frequent trips to the bathroom, can also lead those who suffer with it to feel embarrassed about the illness, which affects one in every 650 people in the UK, according to CrohnsandColitis.org.
Bela continued: “It’s interesting, because it is actually so much more common than you think when you talk about it. You realise… anytime I talk about it, anyone I have spoken to says that they know somebody who has it, or they have it.