World IBD Day is one of my favorite days of the year and it if fast approaching! So, today I compiled a list of 5 ways to raise awareness for IBD! No matter if you are an IBD Warrior yourself, or you are supporting a friend or family member, you can raise awareness for IBD with any of these tips.
1. Share Your Story
The biggest part of raising awareness is to share your story and your journey with IBD. This helps to educate others and help other IBD Warriors feel less alone in their journey! If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your own journey online, then find someone elses to share in support of World IBD Day. If you want to read up on my journey, you can find it here.
2. Show off Your Scars or Ostomy
Show of your battle scars or Ostomy bag by sharing a post on social media. This will help to bring awareness that “normal looking” people are battling with invisible illnesses everyday.
3. Answer Questions & Educate Others
If you have IBD let people know in your life or through social media that you are open to questions. It is so important to educate people about the ins and outs of IBD. This builds awareness and it also makes people educated about the conditions.
4. Share an Infograph
Use an infograph to share some basic information about IBD. This will help your friends and family to become aware of the hurdles you have overcome while living with IBD. I made an infograph that I would love for you all to use on World IBD Day this year!
5. Find an Event
Find your local Crohns and Colitis group and get involved. In Canada there is the Gutsy Walk every June. This is a great way to raise some money and walk for a great cause. Gather up your friends and attend a fundraising even this year!
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