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One in 250 Aus­tralians live with Crohn’s dis­ease and ul­cer­a­tive coli­tis, known as In­flam­ma­tory Bowel Dis­ease (IBD).

Through­out May, Crohn’s & Coli­tis Aus­tralia (CCA) will raise aware­ness of IBD, en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians di­ag­nosed with IBD to join a con­ver­sa­tion about the chal­lenges of the dis­ease.

While com­mu­nity aware­ness of IBD has grown over the past decade, the stigma associated with bowel dis­ease per­sists.

IBD pa­tients are of­ten re­luc­tant to speak out about their ill­ness for fear of em­bar­rass­ment and shame. As a re­sult, no one re­ally un­der­stands the im­pact this chronic dis­ease can have, not only on phys­i­cal health but also on men­tal well­be­ing.

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