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Local MP goes purple for World IBD Day

Nick-IBD-Day-mrqnb59y2ks4itsfg9x788kvfprxcbwuirc1zq0xl4Nick Thomas-Symonds MP ‘went purple’ yesterday in support of those suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK challenged members of the public to ‘go purple’ on World IBD Day to help raise awareness of the 300,000 people in the UK, as well as millions more around the world, who are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. IBD can cause ulceration and inflammation in the colon (Ulcerative Colitis) or any part of the digestive system (Crohn’s).

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a national charity leading the battle against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. They fight to achieve a better quality of life for the people in the UK suffering physically and emotionally due to these and other forms of IBD. For more than 35 years, Crohn’s and Colitis UK have been working with and for patients and their families, the nurses, doctors and all those that work in healthcare that treats them, and the policymakers who can bring about change.

Every 30 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, which are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. These chronic conditions are becoming more common, especially among young people. The impact of these conditions on education, work, social and family life can be devastating.

Living with IBD can be a daily struggle, some symptoms of the disease can be embarrassing and that can lead to people suffering without adequate support or feeling isolated. Symptoms can include diarrhoea (often with blood), severe pain, extreme fatigue and dramatic weight loss. At present there is no cure for Crohn’s and Colitis, but drugs and sometimes surgery can give long periods of relief from symptoms. This means 1 in 210 people are living with these unpredictable, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions.

Mr Thomas-Symonds said, ‘Inflammatory Bowel Disease affects many of my constituents in Torfaen and I believe it is important that we raise awareness of this terrible illness. Crohn’s and Colitis UK do a fantastic job at supporting sufferers and making a real positive change to peoples’ lives.’

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