On November 1st, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada launched the The Impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Canada 2012 Final Report and Recommendations. I found it very interesting to read the key findings from this past year, along with learning that IBD is unfortunately on the rise for younger patients. It is sad to learn that IBD is increasing in children aged nine and under (CCFC, 2012). The report says that an estimated 5,900 Canadian children have IBD, experiencing daily agonizing symptoms (CCFC, 2012). Like everyone else suffering from IBD, or who knows someone who has IBD, the big question we all want to know is “why is this happening?” How come IBD is increasing in young children? It makes me question the food we are eating and the environment we live in.
After being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2009, I have come to accept what I live with and have learned how to deal with it on a daily basis. It has been a hard road, but knowing what I am dealing with makes it so much easier to handle. I believe that we don’t choose the events that change our lives, but we choose how to deal with them and how to live with them. What I have also realized since 2009 is that awareness for IBD is not anywhere near many of the other medical conditions out there. November was “Awareness Month”, but I believe the majority of people who were aware of the fact that is was awareness month were only those living with IBD or who knew someone with IBD. After speaking with others living with IBD, it seems that awareness isn’t where we would like it to be. People are embarrassed about speaking out about the disease. Who wants to talk about their digestion and bowels? It’s not a hot topic! However, the more we talk about our guts, the better aware our population will be.