Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella diagnosis that refers to chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the lining of the intestine, with Crohn's disease (CD) and Ulcerative colitis (UC) being the two main branches. This disease process disrupts the body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.
IBD is prevalent now more than ever, especially in Canada. One in every 150 Canadians is living with CD or UC - a rate that ranks highest world-wide. Most alarming to me is the number of new cases of CD in Canadian children has almost doubled since 1995.
This disease can be very disruptive, isolating,
exhausting and debilitating. With symptoms like bloody diarrhea,
abdominal pain, bowel urgency, nausea, vomiting, weight fluctuations, anemia and the
worst fatigue you can imagine, it can very well feel like life won't ever be