The Voices of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness
A mosaic directory of the world's Crohn's and Colitis bloggers, tweeters, and activists.
What are Crohn's & Colitis?
Crohn's & Colitis, collectively known as IBD (or Inflammatory Bowel Disease) affect 1.4 million Americans. They are autoimmune conditions that cause inflammation in the digestive tract.
As autoimmune conditions, they are caused by one's own immune system attacking itself. People with Crohn's or Colitis can have a range of symptoms from mild to severe (and these symptoms can flare and wane over days and weeks). The most common symptoms are digestive problems, abdominal pain, intestinal bleeding, and the awkwardness from when your gut doesn't abide by anyone's rules but its own.
Like all autoimmune conditions, there is no cure. Your doctor typically doesn't have a great solution to the condition. Most patients go through a series of experiments trying to find a treatment that may work.
Wikipedia can fill you in on the rest.
Why is Raising Awareness Important?
Raising awareness matters because we need to overcome the stigma that there is to live with these conditions. The more people that stand up and spread awareness, the more comfortable other people are going to feel talking about them.
When patients talk, they learn from one another. It allows you to get information that helps you live with and treat your condition. And it ultimately could lead to a cure. Not to mention, it just makes you feel good inside.
There are some great, brave people out there that are standing up to spread awareness: bloggers, film-makers, citizen-lobbyists, community organizers, song-writers, and more. Sending a huge thanks to them is what I think is important to encourage and recognize them for their amazing work.
Share these amazing people with the world!