Meet Natalie-Amber, a model and local BBC Radio Presenter from Swindon.

Natalie trained at Wilkes Academy School of Performing Arts before she collapsed and went temporarily blind in December 2017. Natalie-Amber was rushed to hospital where her parents were told to prepare for the worst, she had sepsis and kidney failure. Natalie had two emergency surgeries which resulted in her having 35cm of her small intestine cut out, left with a stoma bag and a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease.

This was a great shock, because for seven years of unexplained stomach pain and sickness, Natalie-Amber had been mis-diagnosed and told by doctors she was anorexic, falsely assumed because of her profession.

Natalie-Amber had a stoma for a year when it was reversed she was left with a big scar down her stomach, a stoma scar and a drain scar, she has since dedicated her life to raising awareness for Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and scar positivity. This includes empowering women where she hosts body confidence shoots twice a year and a fashion show every other year to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK for which she awarded the Alex Domain Awareness Award in 2018 and a finalist for the

MTM Black & Asian Awards – Young Achiever award in 2019 and is now up for the Rosa Hui Empowering Women award 2020 which has been postponed to later this year 2021 due to the pandemic.

Natalie-Amber continues to model, including being the face of the National Lottery ‘Set for Life’ campaign and for Adidas while she had a stoma bag. Her latest work has been part of a BBC documentary talking about Crohn’s Disease and her body confidence shoots shot in lockdown with Amy Dowden from Strictly Come Dancing who also has Crohn’s.  To relax she likes to watch films and cuddle up with her three hairless Sphynx cats.

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