Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam
I am delighted to be part of this initiative in setting up the BAD UK charity. This is long awaited considering those that have and continue to suffer with this condition if left untreated. Improving awareness both amongst clinicians and the public will enable a more prompt diagnosis and effective treatment to be instituted much earlier.
I am really delighted to have the opportunity to be one of founders of the BAD UK charity. I have suffered with Bile Acid Diarrhoea (BAD) symptoms since the age of 18. Like the majority of BAD patients my symptoms were significantly underestimated by clinicians and mine were continually "labelled" over 23 years as irritable bowel syndrome with severe gluten sensitivity.
Nicola O’Connell - Treasurer/Deputy chair
I am thrilled to become one of the founding members of the BAD UK Charity. I started my role as research nurse in April 2012 working in the Gastroenterology department with Dr Arasaradnam and now work as a specialist nurse for patients with IBD. It was always his vision to start a patient panel for patients who have been diagnosed with BAD and to raise awareness.
Alex Hardwick - Social Secretary
My name is Alex Hardwick and I have joined the BAD UK patient support group.
I feel that my life so far as a sufferer of BAD and the understanding of what people are going through on a daily basis is a valuable tool to the team and I will be on hand to do what I can to help people when they come to the group meetings and social events. Don't be afraid to come along and get help and share what you’re going through, everyone is welcome and that's what we’re there for.
Dr Nidhi Sagar
I am delighted to be involved in the BAD UK charity which is an excellent forum in supporting patients with BAD as well as raising the profile of this condition to patients and healthcare professionals alike so that diagnosis and initiation of treatment occur much faster as, sadly, BAD is still commonly unrecognised and misdiagnosed.