Stephen Frayne, known by his stage name Dynamo, is creating buzz from his recently released video in which he speaks about Crohn’s disease and how the symptoms of Crohn’s have affected his life.
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a chronic condition characterized by inflammation in the intestines. The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, and the symptoms and complications of Crohn’s vary widely from patient to patient, although it’s common for patients to experience periods (flare-ups) of diarrhea, cramping, and bloody stools. Crohn’s disease research hasn’t yet produced a cure for Crohn’s; treatment can consist of dietary modifications, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and immunosuppressants.
Dynamo’s Journey with Crohn’s
Now 35, the English magician started experiencing signs of Crohn’s disease in his early years and had half of his stomach removed when he was seventeen. Known for his starring role in the award-winning TV show Dynamo: Magician Impossible, it’s surprising to hear Dynamo speak about his struggle with severe Crohn’s symptoms, weight gain caused by his Crohn’s treatment.
In fact, fans were shocked to see the side effects of his steroid treatment, known to cause swelling in the face commonly referred to as “moonface”. Dynamo has also talk about how he’s dealt with the mood swings and cravings that the Crohn’s medication has caused. The magician also spoke about arthritis, a Crohn’s complication that’s linked to the body’s inflammatory response: “[The arthritis has] affected all of the joints in my body, my toes, my knees, my neck, my ankles, my hands, which really sucked because I am a magician, when you can’t shuffle a pack of cards because your hands are in so much pain[...]”
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Dynamo has also discussed the skin complication of Crohn’s, talking about his experience with skin rashes, and the methods he has used to try and manage the disease. These include dietary measures banning gluten, dairy, fat, and even vegetables from his diet.
Growing the Community of Crohn’s Disease Support
Because the effects of Crohn’s disease (such as frequent diarrhea and bloody stools) can be embarrassing to speak about openly, public figures like Dynamo give support to the Crohn’s community through an open dialogue about living—and flourishing—with Crohn’s disease. Despite stomach bleeding, abdominal cramping, and hospitalizations, Dynamo won Magician of the Year from the Academy of Magical Arts in their 48th Annual Awards Show. Likewise, his show won Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards for two consecutive years and TV Show of the Year at Virgin Media Awards.
Dynamo is one of many public figures—including numerous celebrity athletes with Crohn’s and colitis—who have spoken out about their struggle with Crohn’s.
Although he clearly has had setbacks from Crohn’s, Dynamo says that he’s focused on doing everything he can to get back to 100%, and that he’s continuing to work on creating new magic for his future performances.
As a public figure with Crohn’s, Dynamo sends a message to others with the disease:
"Any awareness for young people is incredibly important, especially with the rate of young people being diagnosed with the disease every year.”
“Anyone that does have it, I would urge them to speak out about it, and make it as socially acceptable as it should be.”
Complications can be unavoidable however new treatment options are emerging and Researchers are looking for safer alternatives to current market medications. To learn more about new treatment alternatives, visit discovertherapies.com.