Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week – History, Theme, and Symptoms

This year, UK charity Crohn’s and Colitis is asking people with IBD to talk about their experiences of being diagnosed.

What is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week?

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week is held every year and aims to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel disease. The event takes place from 1 to 7 December 2022.

What is cron?

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition in which parts of the digestive system become inflamed. It is one type of condition called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Crohn’s disease affects people of all ages. Symptoms usually begin in childhood or early adulthood. The main symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain and cramps
  • blood in your stools
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • Weight loss

What is colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is also an inflammatory bowel disease. It is a long-term condition in which the colon and rectum become inflamed. The NHS explains that the colon is the large intestine (bowel) and the rectum is the end of the bowel where stool is stored. Small sores can appear on the lining of the colon, and they can bleed and produce pus.

The main symptoms of ulcerative colitis are:

  • Frequent diarrhea that may contain blood, mucus, or pus
  • abdominal pain
  • The need to defecate frequently

You may also experience extreme tiredness (fatigue), loss of appetite, and weight loss. The severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of proctitis and how severe the inflammation is.

Colitis and Crohn’s Awareness Week is held each year, to raise awareness of IBD

What is the theme for this year’s Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week?

This Awareness Week, people are asked to add their votes to the Early Diagnosis campaign. The UK’s Crohn’s and Colitis charity said it was currently taking too long to diagnose people with Crohn’s disease and colitis.

Many people don’t realize that symptoms such as diarrhea, blood in the stool, and stomach pain could be signs of a serious, lifelong condition. The charity explained that they may put off visiting a doctor out of fear or embarrassment.

The charity’s campaign, Cut the Crap: Check for Crohn’s and Colitis, seeks to change that. She wants to reach people who may be experiencing symptoms by providing information essential to their health.

How could you get involved?

This Awareness Week, the charity is asking people with Crohn’s disease and colitis to talk about their experiences of being diagnosed. Each day, the charity will be sharing ways to make your voice heard as well as stories of people affected by Crohn’s and colitis.

You can follow the charity’s social media account and hashtag #CrohnsAndColitisAwarenessWeek to stay up to date on what’s happening throughout the week.

These are also some other ways you can support the event, including:

  • Tell your story – send a direct message or send a video to the charity – you can send an email [email protected]
  • Share social media posts and join the conversation onacebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Connect with your local media using tips and templates
  • Let local politicians know this is important to you and support the call for early diagnosis
  • Open a conversation at home, at work, or in your community