Crohn’s Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, but most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. It results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract.
Brittani became a National Ambassador for Crohn’s & Colitis Australia in 2011 and has since told her story at charity events, luncheons, youth camps, and also Parliament House.
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia was founded to help support the Crohn’s and Colitis community with a focus on confidential support programs including education, advocacy, counselling, increasing awareness and generating funds for research and support.
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia has launched a new national awareness and fundraising campaign – #LiveFearless.
This campaign is aimed at creating awareness and encourages other patients to live fearlessly throughout their journey. Brittani is one of the faces selected for this campaign, she hopes to create awareness by giving people a better understanding of how this disease can effect anyone, while also inspiring those who may be going through difficult times.
There are over 80,000 people diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, with many more people being diagnosed daily as that number is on the rise.
Brittani would like people to have a better understanding of IBD and wishes to promote this disease more openly; as it can affect anyone at any time. IBD is difficult to speak about, being bowel related. Just dealing with this disease on a daily basis can be a struggle, but if Brittani can share her story and provide hope by helping others through tough times and put a smile on their face, then she’s happy!
For more information on Crohn’s & Colitis and what you can do to help, please visit their website.