Going on vacation or even out in public when you suffer from a serious medical condition can be tough, which is why some people avoid it at all costs. But staying home was not on the mind of 25-year-old Annie Richards, a mom from Axminster, Devon, England, when she recently stayed at a resort called the Golden Sands Holiday Park to enjoy a week away with her family; having fun with her son, Cory, was her main priority.
So when it was time to take Cory to see a children’s show at the resort and her stomach started cramping just before leaving, she got nervous. That's because Richards suffers from Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which can cause painful diarrhea, bleeding, and the need to use the bathroom up to 50 times a day.
Not wanting to disappoint her son, Annie pushed through the pain and took Cory out to the show, bringing a hot water bottle with her to keep cramps at bay. But when the water in the bottle began to cool and she was forced to ask staff for a refill, she got the shock of her life.
The staff member she spoke to not only refilled the bottle without charging her, he made sure it was exactly the right temperature (as too hot can be unhelpful), offered to continue to do so all night, and checked in frequently to make sure she was feeling better.
The simple, kind act meant the world to the young mom, who wasn't used to feeling so calm and comfortable while trying to have a night out.
"I’ve asked places before and they’ve said no, so I expected the same... But they made saying ‘yes’ look easy, and I just wanted to give them a hug because I was in so much pain, and it was such a nice thing to do," she said.
We're so thrilled she and Cory had the night they both deserved!