I try not to mention my condition too much on this blog - I suffer from Crohn's Disease - but I thought the difference between these two photographs (taken just a few months apart) was quite striking.
The first picture was taken in December 2007 during a period in my life I'll never forget, what I now call my 'pre-diagnosis stage'. I thought I had cancer. I'd gone from 12st 8lbs down to 10st 3lbs.
The second picture was taken in March 08, after diagnosis, about four weeks into my first course of steroid treatment - very high dose (eight tablets per day.) A side effect of these steroids is "Moonface Syndrome" I'm showing signs here - but can you see the relief on my face? I didn't have cancer. My weight at this stage had crept back up to about 11st 6lbs (I'm now a respectable 12st 5lbs!!)