November is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month.
This is an important time to raise awareness for those living with Crohn’s and colitis. Because they involve digestive issues, Crohn’s and colitis are not always discussed openly. But so many people either have one of these conditions, or know someone who does! In fact, “Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn’s and colitis in the world.”
What are Crohn’s and colitis?
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two conditions that are grouped under Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These diseases cause inflammation in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This causes issues with how your body digests food and absorbs nutrients. IBD is a chronic illness, meaning it never fully goes away, but you may have periods of lots of symptoms (active) and periods of low symptoms (remission). The symptoms that you may experience if you have IBD include abdominal pain and cramping, severe diarrhea and weight loss. This is not an extensive list; many different symptoms may be present. There are also symptoms that discern between Crohn’s and colitis, as the conditions are different. Crohn’s can affect any part of the intestines, while ulcerative colitis only affects the colon.
There are several treatment options for both Crohn’s and colitis, and one option is surgery. As Crohn’s and Colitis Canada says, getting ostomy surgery as a treatment for IBD is not the last option; in fact, it is as good of an option as any other. Surgery can often vastly improve the quality of life for people who were previously incapacitated by their IBD. If you are suffering from Crohn’s or colitis, consult with your doctor to find out what is the best treatment for you. If you have received ostomy surgery, check out our selection of available ostomy products. We are sure to have everything you need along your journey to living your healthiest, happiest life with an ostomy.