LET'S TALK ABOUT CROHN'S DISEASE...
Crohn’s Disease affects at least 115,000 people in the UK and millions more worldwide and can affect people between 10-40 years old. So what should we know about this disease that we don't?
What is it?
Crohn’s Disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system or gut. Crohn’s can affect any part of the gut, though the most common area affected is the end of the ileum (the last part of the small intestine), or the colon. It's an illness that affects around 1 in 1000 people. Caused by inflammation in the lining of the digestive system at any age between 10-40.
Give Crohn's A Slap For Me is a collaborative arts project founded by Matt Strutt @GCASFM, to help raise awareness of Crohn’s disease. It features creatives who are working to spread awareness
In December last year Moeed underwent stoma surgery to help cope with Crohn's disease, which he had been living with for the past 5 years. There has undoubtedly been many ups and downs but with this operation he is hoping to have a fresh start.
The night before the surgery he decided to start a video diary where he spoke about his feelings before the operation and expectations for life afterwards. In this first segment he explains why he is having the stoma surgery and his feelings towards the operation.
With these videos he hopes to raise awareness about IBD and living with a stoma.
It’s estimated that 7 out of 10 people with Crohn’s and 1 in 4 people with Ulcerative Colitis will need surgery at some point. The Crohn's and Colitis website includes help sheets advice to ease people who may be recently diagnosed or worried about the thought of surgery.