Steve McCabe MP joins campaigners to raise awareness for those living with debilitating bowel disease

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak, is supporting international Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week (1-7 December). The week long campaign aims to highlight the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which affect more than 300,000 people across the UK.

National patient charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK, have joined other international groups to raise the awareness and understanding of these complex, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions.  Living with IBD can have a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s life, and can have serious physical and mental health implications.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“IBD can impact on every aspect your life, from diet through to social life. It can also have serious life threatening consequences. There will be hundreds of local people across the constituency who suffer from these hidden, often misunderstood and dreadful conditions. It’s fantastic to see campaigners this week working hard to increase awareness and understanding of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

“I recently raised the issue of adding both conditions to the long-term prescriptions list with the Health Secretary and will continue to look for further opportunities to raise awareness.”

Living with IBD can be daily struggle, some symptoms of the diseases can be embarrassing and that can lead to people suffering without adequate support or feeling isolated. As part of the Awareness Week, Crohn’s and Colitis UK are asking people to share their 7 days of IBD and other activity through digital and social media to highlight what it is like to live with IBD every day. To find out more about the awareness week and all the activities please visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/awarenessweek

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