Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust patient Stephanie Armstrong was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005. A Primary School teacher originally from Canada but now living in Surrey, she saw an increase in symptoms last year and struggled to get them under control. This meant periodic visits to Guy’s Hospital and feeling gravely ill.
Stephanie told us:
“Crohn’s is a hideous and embarrassing disease. Talking about how it affects you is humiliating, even when speaking to physicians. I was living a ghost-like life, just going through the motions of living.”
In May 2019, Stephanie went to Guy’s Hospital expecting a routine appointment like any other, but approached us after an inspiring encounter with Breathe Musician, Guillermo Rozenthuler. Guillermo transformed Stephanie’s hospital experience with a Breathing Spaces performance in the outpatient waiting room she was in.