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Crohn’s & Colitis Australia raises awareness of the plight of people with IBD in Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month – May 2016
“So how do you view the loo?” is the quirky question posed by Crohn’s & Colitis Australia this month as they open the month long awareness campaign, in support of people with the debilitating illness of inflammatory bowel disease or IBD.
While most people see it as a place of necessary respite, along with a private spot to perhaps check their emails, play a quick cross word or even take a snooze, over 75,000 people living with Crohn’s and colitis view this seemingly innocent place as a frightening and intimidating cubicle.
Francesca Manglaviti CEO of Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, the peak patient body supporting the IBD community, explains the cruel physical pain and mental anguish IBD sufferers are up against.
“When we asked some of our CCA members how they viewed the loo, we were given a range of answers that highlighted how significant the daily action of visiting the toilet can bring such fear into the lives of those with IBD. Some said that fear going to the toilet as they never know what will happen while I am there. Will it be a normal visit or will I finish up in hospital as a result of the savage pain that may drive my surgeon to operate”.
This May, we have a range of activities being rolled out across Australia to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved! Click here for more information.
Help us shine a light on Crohn’s and colitis and make life more liveable for people living with IBD.
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia is the peak national body representing the more 75,000 Australians diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. We provide support services, fund research and create public awareness of these chronic diseases.
The Can’t Wait Card is issued to members of CCA who have been formally diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis (IBD), to help them gain access to a toilet in times of urgency. Read more