What is World IBD Day and Digestive Disease Week?
Ever since 2014, I get SO PUMPED this time every year.
Because May 19th is World IBD Day and May 18th – 21st is Digestive Disease Week!
I LOVE customizing blog and social media content around the specifics of my IBD journey during these awareness days because AWARENESS leads to FUNDING which enables RESEARCH which leads to CURES!
IBD: An Invisible Disease
World IBD Day’s theme this year is “Making the invisible visible.”
I LOVE this theme because ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease truly are invisible diseases. There is so much more at play than some pissed off bowels.
So throughout these next few days, I’ll be sharing some of the invisible aspects of IBD that have sneakily made their way into my medical journey.
For example, take a gander at these photos of me. I bet you can easily tell in which one I’m flaring!
The hospital one right?
You may have guessed—or saw my Instagram post—but this is a TRICK QUESTION!
I’m actually in the same flare in BOTH these photos. In fact, the picture on the right was taken just two weeks before the one on the left 😱
See how sneaky IBD can be? Its stealth mode is on point.
Everyone’s Fighting Some Kind of Battle
I share this as a gentle reminder to be kind to the people you pass on the street.
Be kind to the woman flustered at the checkout line, running her credit card as it gets denied and she fumbles around for another card.
Be kind to the frustratingly slow driver ahead of you. Maybe he just moved across the country and he’s new to the town, disoriented, and late to his appointment because his phone’s GPS lost signal.
Be kind to the person ahead of you at the pharmacy who’s in the midst of a long and confusing conversation with the pharmacist about why their insurance refuses to cover their medication.
Everyone is fighting some kind of battle. For some people, it’s an invisible illness. For others, it’s something else. Let’s learn to slow down, breathe, and work on our patience.
What’s Your Story?
Do you have IBD or another invisible illness? Do you share your story on a blog or social media site? If so, drop your link in the comments!
Let’s make connections this awareness week. When it comes down to it, we’re all in this together.
And remember friends,
AWARENESS → FUNDING → RESEARCH → CURES