How are we today? Just a little note to share that the 1st to the 7th of December is officially Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week, with Friday the 5th being a “Purple Day”, where people are encouraged to wear something purple for the day. All of this is to raise awareness of these conditions that affect over 300,000 people here in the UK, and at least 5 million people world wide.
So, what is Crohn’s?
Crohn’s disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, which as the name suggests is a disease that affects the bowel, causing parts of the gut to become inflamed, so if you look at a cross section of that part of the gut you will see that the tissue of the gut itself is fatter than it should be, and the inside where the food passes is thinner than it should be. These sections of gut are normally called “strictures” or “narrowings”. It’s also common to get ulcers on the inside of the gut, which can be really painful, and can also rupture and bleed. This inflammation and these ulcers can appear in any part of the gut, right from the mouth to the bottom. I’ve had active Crohn’s in the large and small intestine, as well as the colon.
Some of the symptoms that we get with this include: really bad abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, diarrhoea, and weight loss. It’s also known as an “invisible illness”, meaning that when you see someone with the disease, its not obvious that something is wrong. When you think that around one in every 213 people in the UK has the disease, the chances are you probably see people with it on a regular basis without realising it!
So how can you get involved in this event?
Well, the first way of getting involved is to wear something purple! I will be wearing what purple I can on Friday, and explaining to people why I am wearing purple. Of course my Crohn’s Diary wrist band will be worn with pride, if you are interested then take a look here and order yourself one – all profits go to Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
If you are able to make a donation to Crohn’s and Colitis UK, to help in their brilliant work, then there are a couple of ways listed on their website here.
You can also share this post and any articles you see on social media; search for #PurpleFriday or #7daysofIBD to see what is going on! I will be writing where I can over the next week and sharing what I can over the next week so watch this space.
Thanks for reading people