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.
I became a National Ambassador for Crohn’s & Colitis Australia in 2011 and have since spoken about my 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. As I am one of the faces selected for this campaign, I hope 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 75,000 people diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, and there are many more people being diagnosed daily as that number is on the rise.
I’d like people to have a better understanding of IBD and my wish as an ambassador is 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 I can share my story and provide hope by helping others through tough times and put a smile on their face, then I’m happy!
For more information on Crohn’s & Colitis and what you can do to help, please visit their website.