Whether you meet somebody in person or online, they will leave an impression based upon what you can see, or read, but does that tell you the whole picture.

For those that don’t know me, let me introduce myself, my name is Angela McLoughlin, or Ange to my friends.  Please don’t forget the ‘e’.  I am a confident, fun loving individual, with a passion for helping others whether that be in my personal or professional life.

I currently run my own business, driving business change through analysis and honest feedback, but that’s not what I’ve always done.  Over the years, since I was old enough to work, I have followed many different careers, including but not limited to banking, teaching scuba diving, even changing tyres!  Alongside this, I spent 10 years serving as a Royal Naval Reservist, very proud to have worn the uniform and if you catch my suit jacket right, you’ll find my veterans badge which I still wear with pride.

Outside of work you will have found me supporting my local parkrun both participating and volunteering, competing in triathlons, half marathons, paddle boarding or just chilling in front of the TV depending upon ‘how tough a week’ I’d had.

What you won’t necessarily know about me is the struggle that face everyday in private, the battle with my health.  I don’t ask for sympathy, just understanding when I do things a little differently or ask for help.

From the age of about 8 I was under constant hospital testing, trying to understand what was wrong with me, until about age 13 when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the other being Crohn’s Disease.

IBD is incurable, managed by medication and potentially surgery, the best a survivor can hope for is to be in remission never knowing how long the ‘lul’ will last.  It is not known what causes IBD and each survivor will face varying symptoms, different severity of symptoms, and a variety of triggers.  One size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to these conditions, and in the worst of cases, the conditions can lead to death.

It feels very fitting to announce my company Angel Analysis Ltd has been partnered with Crohn’s & Colitis UK since it’s formation in 2019, raising awareness of the great work they do to support IBD survivors and their families.