The truth is, that IBD has a number of stigmas associated with it. People don't celebrate those who overcome IBD as a survivor, in fact people seem almost irritated if you complain about your IBD. Why is that? It is simple because people do not understand. Those of us who suffer from severe IBD, have it worse than many people could ever imagine. I sit here hooked up to TPN in my dorm room, and still have people who think I miss class because I have a tummy ache. I am always astounded how little people know about my disease, but after I have shared with them everything I have gone through, I almost always have earned their respect. So getting the general public to understand IBD will help both those suffering from IBD and the people around them in many ways.
I share my story so that people can understand what is involved with IBD and so that I can encourage others suffering from the same disease. It seems that those who are promoting IBD awareness Week are those who already know about IBD. I want to reach those who don't know about IBD and help educate them about my disease so that together we can help break the stigmas associated with IBD due the ignorance and indifference in order to build a better tomorrow for those suffering from IBD! Because I want to live in a world were people have a general understanding of what I go through instead of assuming I'm exaggerating. If you want to help raise awareness for IBD, please share this article on your wall, and play your part in raising awareness! My life would change drastically if people understood what I go through each and every day in my not so normal life.