TOWIE's Sam Faiers "doing really well" after Crohn's diagnosis

Published Friday, Feb 21 2014, 15:03 GMT  |  By  |  1 comment
TOWIE star Samantha Faiers is doing "really well" following her diagnosis of Crohn's Disease, according to best friend Ferne McCann.

Sam, 23, fell ill during her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in January, resulting in hospital admissions and a series of tests to determine what exactly was wrong.

TOWIE's Sam Faiers, Ferne McCann in Ibiza - 25 July 2013

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Ferne with Sam (right) in Ibiza, July 2013.

A rep for Sam confirmed to Reveal this week that she has been diagnosed with Crohn's.

Appearing on ITV's This Morning today, her close pal Ferne said: "She's doing really, really well. She's just happy to be at home surrounded by her family. Her mum is looking after her."

Ferne McCann outside ITV studios, London, 21 February 2014

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Ferne leaving the ITV studios on 21 February 2014.

Ferne said that Sam felt relieved to have been diagnosed, adding: "It's just a relief to have her back home and on a speedy route to recovery."

Viewers became concerned for Sam on CBB when reports surfaced that she was suffering stomach cramps and feeling unwell. No mention of her illness was made on the show until its final episode when she was seen thanking fellow housemates for taking care of her.

Co-star Jessica Wright said on This Morning: "She did really well staying in that Big Brother house considering how ill she was... she was in bed for two whole days I think but we didn't get to see it."

Crohn's is an inflammatory bowel disease.

Ollie Locke tells Sam Faiers how he feels on CBB: 29 Jan 2014

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Sam fell ill while on Celebrity Big Brother. Pictured in the house January 2014.

It's a chronic condition that is characterised by periods of remission with no symptoms and periods - or flares, as they are known - where symptoms are more active.

Common symptoms include abdominal pain, anaemia, extreme tiredness and weight loss.

Sam will be on This Morning on Monday (24 February) to talk about her diagnosis.
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