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DECEMBER 1-7, 2021

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

Millions of Americans live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and even more family members, friends, coworkers, and others are impacted by these incurable diseases. While many individuals have heard of Crohn's and colitis, many do not fully understand these diseases (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD). That’s why this year during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, we want the IBD community to share what they want others to know about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Whether it be sharing your story, learning about new IBD research, or taking action to advocate for better access to care, there are plenty of opportunities during #CCAwarenessWeek to say “This is what I want you to know about IBD.” 

Scroll down to see all the ways you can get involved to increase disease familiarity and make #IBDVisible  this year, and make sure you use #IBDVisible  and #CCAwarenessWeek when posting on social media throughout the campaign!

Create and share your own #IBDVisible infographic

What do you want people to know about Crohn's or colitis? Whether you're an IBD patient, caregiver, healthcare provider, or supporter, you can help us spread awareness by generating your own #IBDVisible infographic. Complete the following survey, and then download and share on social media! New this year - when you create your infographic, you can claim one of our free, limited-edition tee-shirts!

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Awareness Week Events

We're making #IBDVisible all week long with IBD-focused webinars, live chats, and more. Join us!

December 1, 8 p.m. ET

IBD 101 with Dr. Neil Nandi (University of Pennsylvania) live on Twitter

December 2, 8 p.m. ET

Debunking IBD myths with Dr. Harry Thomas (Austin Gastroenterology) live on Instagram 

December 6, 6 p.m. ET

Updates on IBD research with Dr. Caren Heller, the Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer, live on Facebook

December 7, 10 a.m. ET

Jumping through the hoops: Who is deciding my care? Register now for our Congressional roundtable

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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.
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Read IBD Stories

Living with IBD is a very individual experience. Click to read patient and caregiver stories about life with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
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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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