Living with Crohn’s disease

meandibdOver the next couple of weeks, Enable’s assistant editor Lindsay Cochrane is going to be guest blogging for charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK to help raise awareness for the condition.

Lindsay was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 18, and has been managing the condition alongside education, travel, socialising and now work for almost eight years. Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which results in inflammation at any point in the digestive tract and can be extremely debilitating. Crohn’s and it’s fellow IBD ulcerative colitis are lifelong conditions and the symptoms are most likely to present in young people. 300,000 people in Britain have an IBD, yet these are conditions which are rarely spoken about and often misunderstood – not to mention embarrassing.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s latest campaign is focusing on the experience of young people with IBD. A recent survey showed that 50% of people with inflammatory bowel disease of school age feel that their teachers don’t understand their condition and, as a result, risk falling behind. Only a third of respondents said that they were offered extra time to complete school assignments, and just 32% were given extra support if they had to take time off because of their condition.

Lindsay will testify that living with IBD is not always straightforward and is eager to highlight the challenges which IBD patients face daily. You can read her first blog, focusing on her initial university experience following diagnosis, here.

Find out more about Crohn’s and Colitis UK at www.nacc.org.uk or check out the charity’s youth campaign Me and IBD at www.meandibd.org.

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