Inflammatory Bowel Disease is on the rise in Ireland.
However there is a long standing reluctance for people to get symptoms checked due to societal embarrassment, according to Crohn's & Colitis Ireland (CCI).
Crohn's Disease & Colitis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) describes a group of conditions in which the intestines become inflamed.
The two most common inflammatory bowel diseases are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and at least 40,000 people are living with IBD in Ireland.
Living with Crohn's Disease or Colitis can be extremely challenging, as along with the physical symptoms of the disease it can also impact everything from social inclusion to the mental health of those living with IBD.
In Ireland it is believed that many people who are symptomatic are suffering in silence because of #PooTaboo, and Crohn's & Colitis Ireland is urging people who are symptomatic to speak up and get checked out.
On Saturday September 30 there will be a Crohn’s & Colitis Ireland event at Cork's Kingsley Hotel.
The idea is to remove the stigma of silence associated with the disease and emphasise the challenges faced by patients due to societal embarrassment along with the importance of seeking medical attention.
It is also an opportunity to discuss the work that CCI have been doing and to also discuss treatment options with healthcare professionals.
The guests are expected to deliver some of their own personal experiences with the disease and help break the silence, encouraging others to do so along the way.
More information about the event, along with ways to register, can be found here.
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