This year for Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, we wanted to share some inspiring messages from our community members.
“Colitis became such a huge part of my life from a young age and although my experience battling Colitis was tough, I was fortunate enough to make it through to the other end and I now live my life with an ileostomy bag (aka. Stanley). I hold this week close to my heart because it’s an opportunity for me to share my experience in the hopes of raising awareness, and also to hear other people’s stories. It helps remind me that I’m not alone and I love the sense of belonging I feel within the IBD community.”
“Crohn’s and Colitis Week is an opportunity and chance to strengthen the message of what it is like to live with an invisible, incurable and life-long condition. My message for the IBD community is: Don’t forget about yourself when dealing with your health. You can’t fill from an empty cup!”
“I am pleased to be a member of Crohn’s and Colitis UK. I feel this week is a positive step towards raising awareness and highlighting this condition, and the impact it can have on people’s lives. Many people may not show any external signs of the personal impact of this disease. However, IBD can be very debilitating and severely affects routine daily life for many and their families. Bringing this condition to the attention of the broader public is a very positive step.”
“Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week is so important to me as it is a week to really come together as a community and raise important awareness of what Crohn’s and Colitis are, and what they can lead to. It also helps to raise funds to hopefully one day find a cure. This cure may not be for me, but for our future generations!”
“In the past, I along with others would visit different hospitals around Greater Manchester on each day of Awareness Week, with an awareness and information stand, full of leaflets to help people understand more about their condition and direct sufferers and their families to where they can get more information. We found it a very rewarding experience.This week is a chance to let people, who may not be aware of what IBD is, learn a bit of what it is like to live with it and how most of us are determined not to let it get in the way of leading normal lives.”