Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week 2020




DECEMBER 1-7, 2020

Help make #IBDVisible during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week!

Millions of Americans live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and countless others, including friends and family members, are touched by these diseases. Everyone experiences these diseases differently, and no one day looks the same in the life of a member of the IBD community. During Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, we will explore what it is like to spend a day in the life of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers and other members of the IBD community. Join us by taking the actions below to help make #IBDVisible and share what a day in YOUR life is like!

Create your own Day in the Life infographic!

Share what your own or your loved one’s typical day is like with IBD! Create a personal infographic to share on social media during Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week and help make #IBDVisible!

IBDVisible infographic generator - Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week

Add a sticker to your social media posts!

Use our new GIPHY stickers in your social media posts to make #IBDvisible during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week! Search for them using Crohn's, colitis, or IBD in Facebook Messenger, Instagram Stories, Snapchat, and more.
See our stickers!

#SpillYourGuts: IBD Stories

Patient story

Will's Story

Will Lanier, a fitness trainer, doesn’t look the part of a “sick” person. Hidden underneath his fit exterior lies the effects of a disease that plagued his body for more than a decade. In 2005, Will was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a debilitating digestive disease that causes abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, weight loss, and much more. 

Patient story

Natalie's Story

Since the day I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in July 2005, the thought of motherhood seemed like a far-off reality. Through my patient journey, I’ve experienced countless hospitalizations, flareups, tests and maintenance medications. Each setback and time my body failed me, made me questions whether I would ever be able to bring a life into this world.

Patient story

Rishika's Story

At first I shrugged it off when my surgeon informed me they found three tumors in the inflamed and ulcerated colon they had removed from my body. I figured, they caught it early and it's been surgically removed. It's time to live the rest of my life and discover who I am as a person without the unbelievably high anxiety and stress of having to be near a bathroom.
Read more stories


Known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system, causing symptoms including abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and weight loss.

Crohn’s disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). In addition to the impact on the GI tract, in some patients, IBD may also affect the joints, skin, bones, kidneys, liver, and eyes.


Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week was created in 2011 by U.S. Senate Resolution 199, “A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, December 1-7.” Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week is designed to bring together the IBD community around a shared goal—to raise awareness and educate the public about IBD as part of our mission to see a future free of Crohn’s and colitis.


The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation extends its deepest thanks to our Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week sponsors:

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Bristol Myers Squibb logo
Ferring Pharmaceuticals
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