THIS week is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, a disease that affects over 300,000 people in the UK with many living in Greater Manchester.

Crohn’s is a largely hidden disease; one that causes stigma, fear and isolation – it’s thought that many people with the condition go undiagnosed and suffer in silence.

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness UK are campaigning to raise awareness of the diseases and get rid of the stigma.

At least 115,000 people in the UK are living with the Crohn’s and Colitis.

Jenny Bonson is a fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness UK’s South Manchester Group and describes the symptons as “severe pain and fatigue” and recounts that it often took her “hours to eat a meal” when she first diagnosed.

James Smith has a daughter who suffers from Crohn’s and says that “it’s really important we take steps to reduce the stigma with weeks like this”

Get involved with fundraising here!

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