MSP supports Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald is supporting international Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 1-7 December, highlighting the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, the main causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
These are unpredictable diseases that affect more than 300,000 people in the UK and as many as 26,000 people in Scotland - a higher incidence rate than anywhere else in 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.
Lewis Macdonald said:
“There will be hundreds of people in Aberdeen and the North East who suffer from these hidden, often misunderstood and dreadful conditions.
"That is why it is important to support events that will raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
“It is particularly important that we try and reach out to those people who may be feeling isolated or coping badly with their health because of their conditions.
"Increasing awareness and educating people about the impact of these diseases can help tackle that isolation.”
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 this condition every day.
To find out more about the awareness week and all the activities please visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/awarenessweek