World IBD Day 2015


Today is Tuesday, May 19th 2015 and it’s World IBD Day! What exactly does that mean? No, it’s not a day to celebrate Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Honestly, outside of all the great people that I now consider to be part of my IBD family I can’t think of another reason to celebrate IBD. It’s a horrible disease that wrecks havoc on every part of your being… Heart, mind, body, and soul. Instead, it’s a day to raise awareness so that the general public will understand a little better what those suffering with this disease go through.

First, let’s talk a little bit about what Inflammatory Bowel Disease is. IBD is an autoimmune  spectrum disease. While researchers believe there could be hundreds of different kinds of IBD, it is mainly comprised of two particular diseases, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract ( Mouth to Anus ) while Ulcerative Colitis mainly affects the Large Intestine / Colon. Basically, your immune system is attacking itself which causes inflammation throughout your GI tract.

What are some of the symptoms / effects of IBD:

What are some of the treatment options for those living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Because there is no known cure for IBD ( or a known reason why someone gets IBD ) the best a patient can hope for is a treatment plan that will put the patient into remission. IBD is NOT a “cookie cutter” disease. Meaning, that what works for one IBD patient, might not work for another. It can take long periods of time ( sometimes even years ) to figure out what will help put a patient into remission, leaving the patient suffering in the mean time. Here are some of the different treatment plans as of today:

What you need to know about Inflammatory Bowel Disease:


There is so much more that I can talk about to help you understand what life is like with IBD but I doubt anyone wants to read a novel in this blog post. Knowledge is Power and the more you know about IBD, the more you can help! I would ask that you visit the following links to get an even better understanding of IBD outside of this blog post:

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