I wanted to share a few words on an event occurring tomorrow, the 19th of May, which is World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) day. People will be wearing purple, I will be wearing my t-shirt that I mentioned in a previous post with the purple ribbons on and the blog address on the back. I’ve seen posts on Facebook of people dying their hair purple, painting their nails purple, and finding other innovative ways of introducing a bit of purple into their day to show their support. I have heard that a number monuments around the world are being lit purple tomorrow night to mark the day; it really is going to be a huge push for helping to raise the awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis.
(Picture of the t-shirt I’m wearing tomorrow.)
Having seen some statistics recently: over 300,000 people in the UK have this condition, which when you do the maths is about 1 in every 214 people. As you will know either from me, my blog, or from your own experiences, life can be majorly effected. When you consider that even with these statistics so many are still unaware of what Crohn’s is, raising awareness is pretty important.
Sometimes it can be embarrassing trying to explain parts of the disease, and sometimes we feel weak when its playing up and we can’t do as much as we would like to do. Therefore if more people are aware of what Crohn’s is and how it can effect you, the more understanding family members, friends, colleagues, bosses etc can be when we are having a rough time. Knowing that the people around you are at least aware of the condition even if it is a basic understanding, can make a huge difference in a flare up.
And of course, there is the fund raising side of things. At the moment there is no cure for Crohn’s. However knowing that money is being raised to fund research into understanding Crohn’s, and that this research could possibly one day lead to a cure gives a glimmer of hope. If anyone reading this and is interested in making a donation towards Crohn’s and Colitis UK who provide a lot of this funding into the research, you can find their official Just Giving page here.
Well thanks for reading people. Any way you can show your support for IBD tomorrow would be amazing, whether its wearing something purple, donating to Crohn’s and Colitis UK, or even just sharing this post to help raise awareness, it all helps.
Thanks for reading people,