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DECEMBER 1-7, 2019

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

More than 3 million 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). In fact, familiarity with these diseases is not as high as many other diseases with similar incidence levels. A recent survey conducted by the Foundation showed that, while awareness of IBD has increased in recent years, familiarity with the symptoms is much lower. That’s why it’s so important to make #IBDvisible during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week! Scroll down to see all the ways you can get involved to increase disease familiarity and make #IBDvisible in 2019, and make sure you use #IBDvisible and #CCAwarenessWeek when posting on social media throughout the campaign!

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Create Your Own #IBDvisible Infographic

Share your own or your loved one's IBD journey on social media! We'll help you easily create a personal infographic to share on social media during Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week and help make #IBDvisible!

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.

How comfortable are you in speaking about your disease with others who are not part of your support system?

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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 by U.S. Senate Resolution 199, “A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, December 1-7.” S. Res. 199 expresses appreciation to the family members and caregivers who support people in the United States living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

It also commends health care professionals who care for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients and biomedical researchers who work to advance research aimed at developing new treatments. Most of all, 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: