3. Playing through illness
Moody was diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis in 2005, but kept his condition secret while continuing to play top-level rugby.
Symptoms can include diarrhoea, pain, anaemia, fatigue and sometimes inflammation of the joints, skin, liver and eyes.
Having suffered awefully with colitis in my 20s, I totally empathise with those suffering at the moment. Please look into getting a radar key if you haven’t. This can be applied for and allows you to access any disabled toilet. #chronsandcolitis— Lewis Moody (@LewisMoody7) May 27, 2020
Moody even moved house to be closer to the training ground because of his feelings of urgency, which are common to sufferers of both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Playing through that sort of pain is mad, but heroic.