West Midlands Local Network are supporting the cause by holding a coffee morning to raise awareness on 1st December from 10am – 12pm. The gathering will take place at Soda Bread Café, in St Paul’s Square. The event aims to highlight the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis during Awareness Week.

Both are diseases of the gut affecting every part of the body. The conditions can be debilitating, widely misunderstood and there is no known cure. Every day, Crohn’s and Colitis has a devastating impact on the lives of 300,000 people across the UK – the real number could be double that. Hormones and digestion, energy levels and mental health are also affected by the conditions. Stigma and misunderstanding the illnesses means thousands are believed to be suffering in silence.

Dean Bennett from the West Midlands Local Network said:

“Crohn’s and Colitis are still not widely recognised diseases to most people, or they simply ‘know someone with it’. We’re hoping to bring the diseases into common knowledge, but to also support anyone in the local area living with either condition with information or personal experience”

 

A spokesperson from Crohn’s and Colitis UK said:

“It takes guts to talk about Crohn’s and Colitis, so it is great to see the West Midlands Local Network supporting Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week and helping to raise awareness about these diseases. When you have Crohn’s or Colitis, your immune system doesn’t work properly. Your body starts attacking itself, causing ulcers and inflammation in the gut. Imagine having a wound that never heals – only it’s on the inside. Every time you eat or drink, it’s like rubbing salt into that wound. People living with the conditions face a lifetime of medication and, in many cases, major surgery. If left untreated, they can be fatal.

At Crohn’s & Colitis UK, we are working to improve diagnosis and treatment, and to fund research into a cure; to raise awareness and to give people hope, comfort and confidence to live freer, fuller lives.”

For more information about Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week please visit

https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/crohns-and-colitis-awareness-week

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