Colin Beattie, MSP supports local people by raising awareness for those living with the daily struggle of a debilitating bowel disease
Local MSP Colin Beattie is supporting international Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 1-7 December; highlighting the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis¹, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These are unpredictable diseases that affect more than 300,000² 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 UK³, have joined other international groups to raise the awareness and understanding of these complex, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions. Living with IBD can have a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s life, with serious physical and mental health implications.
Colin, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh said;
“Helping increase understanding as part of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week is a very important issue, as there are hundreds of people in our community who suffer from these hidden, often misunderstood and dreadful conditions. In this special week it’s particularly vital that we try and reach out to more people who may be feeling isolated or coping badly with their health.”
Living with IBD can be daily struggle, some symptoms of the diseases can be embarrassing and that can lead to people feeling isolated and suffering without adequate support. 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 IBD every day. To find out more about the awareness week and all the activities please visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/awarenessweek