Powerful video helps raise awareness of Crohn's disease

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Crohn's disease video raises awareness

One person with Crohn's disease is trying to make a difference in raising public awareness about the disorder that can affect anyone. Here are also some Crohn's disease facts for those who don't understand why those who don't look sick are often left with a lack of understanding about how Crohn's disease impacts their lives.

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The video below is touching and helps raise awareness of Crohn's disease. The video, posted on YouTube is just beginning to make its rounds and is a courageous posting from a young man battling the inflammatory bowel disease.

If you don't already know about Crohn's disease, here are some facts:

  • No one knows what causes the disease
  • People with Crohn's disease don't look sick, making it difficult for others to understand what they are going through on a day to day basis.
  • The only treatment is for symptoms and medications taken for Crohn's disease have harsh side effects.
  • Seventy-five percent of people with Crohn's disease end up having surgery at least once.
  • Crohn's disease hurts
  • Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, widespread inflammation that can affect any part of the alimentary tract, from mouth to anus.
  • It can happen to anyone
  • Crohn's disease can be life-threatening
  • Scotland has the highest incidence of Crohn's disease and it is increasing worldwide
  • It can destroy a person's inability to thrive from lack of nutrient absorption
  • Crohn's disease can even affect the nervous system which is also poorly understood

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Crohn's disease interferes with quality of life, but often the general public has no idea what young people diagnosed with the disease are going through. It is often called the "invisible illness".

Watch the video below for a better perspective. Research is sorely needed to better understand Crohn's disease, so please consider donating to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation either at www.ccfa.org (USA) or www.ccfc.ca (Canada).

Please consider sharing the video to help everyone understand. Raising Crohn's awareness is a step in the right direction for helping those diagnosed and battling the debilitation of the inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD).

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

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I have crohn's disease