Brightsite Supports Crohn's and Colitis Week 2014
This week (December 1 – 7) Brightsite is supporting Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. It is an awareness week that is close to my heart as in April 2008 I was hospitalised and was diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. It causes inflammation and ulceration of areas of the bowel, resulting in symptoms which cause many sufferers a great deal of embarrassment.
You may not have heard of the illness before but you are sure to have heard of some of its most famous sufferers. These include Manchester United footballer Darren Fletcher, who recently took a significant period of time out playing football to have surgery, Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave, former England rugby union captain Lewis Moody and pop singer Anastacia - among many others.
It has been a long journey for me since my diagnosis, suffering periods of remission and completely debilitating ‘flare-ups’. I have now learnt to manage the condition through a combination of a strict diet of ‘safe’ foods, exercise, lots of rest and remaining as stress-free as possible (which is difficult when you run your own company!).
It’s only recently, since I have started being able to manage my condition better and feel more comfortable with the effects it has on my body, that I’ve started to become actively involved in seeking out other sufferers to share experiences and offer support to each other. I have also become passionate about raising awareness of the condition
Around 260,000 people in the UK are known to suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases – around 146,000 of those suffer from ulcerative colitis - but there could be many more who haven’t been diagnosed.
I would be very grateful if you would take some time this week to learn more about the condition. By making yourself more aware you may be able to help yourself, friends or family recognise early on they have the disease.
You can find out more from Crohn’s and Colitis UK or I would be happy to share my experiences with people on a more personal level, or hear from fellow sufferers – please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also make a donation to Crohn’s and Colitis UK here.