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Canadians, IBD, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, awareness, education, support, experiences
Canadians, IBD, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, awareness, education, support, experiences

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Did you know that the Ostomy Canada Society offers 5 Bursaries for Registered Nurses or Post-Secondary Students? They sent us a note about it and it sounds like a potentially great opportunity for a handful of people! Details can be checked out on their website:
http://www.ostomycanada.ca/support/bursary-program/

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Holy smokes, it snuck right up on us! World IBD Day 2015 is here!
Have you done something today to promote IBD awareness? Let us know!
Sadly we weren't able to create our own campaign this year as we have the past few, but we hope many of you will take part in the campaign at http://www.worldibdday.org if you can! All you need is a YouTube account, and then add your own videos with ‪#‎UnitedWeStand2015‬ in the title!
- Marc

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“Sometimes I feel that I forget I have ulcerative colitis because of my medication, and believe that I can do anything anyone else does. If I didn’t have access to my medication, my life would be miserable. My medication saved me.” (Matt D.)

Canada has come far in the way IBD is treated, but the reality is that there are medications that can provide significant improvements in quality of life, but access is an ongoing issue.

Read why every Canadian with IBD has the right to choose the way they treat their condition, and why government decisions makers should take notice: http://bit.ly/10oivSI #IBD #IBDManifesto4Change

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IBD is not a “one-size fits all” disease” and the information available can be overwhelming and confusing. Read how better information and education can improve the way IBD is understood and treated in Canada, and help us spread the word about our Manifesto for Change: http://bit.ly/10oivSI #IBD #IBDManifesto4Change

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Bathroom access continues to be an ongoing issue in Canada. In order for positive strides can be made, there is a need for increased awareness and understanding. Read the true-life testimonials in our Manifesto for Change, such as the one below, and challenge your friends and relatives to start the discussion in your local community.

“If I walk in front of a restaurant or store with a sign that says “no public washroom” … I always think it would be such a chore to go in there and educate them for 10 seconds, only to be ultimately rejected. It’s never come to a positive scenario where someone understood. They tend to think strangers are liars and never give them the benefit of the doubt.” (Kevin R.)

Read more on the important of bathroom access here: http://ow.ly/DTQQ7 #IBD #IBDManifesto4Change

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Did you now that Crohn’s and Colitis are twice as common as MS and HIV, but is not officially recognized as a chronic disease in Canada? Our Manifesto for Change aims to help reduce stigma, and improve attitudes & understanding in Canada. Read more about why this matters and join the conversation: http://ow.ly/DTQC3 #IBD #IBDManifesto4Change

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“I went to university to be a teacher, and worked for 10 months, during which I was incredibly sick – my IBD was at its worst. Having to leave my classroom more than twenty times a day… I couldn’t do it. It was a huge emotional setback to get a degree but not be able to do it.” (Lisa G).

Stories like Lisa’s, above, are not uncommon. IBD typically strikes during a time where people are figuring out what they want to do. It can affect our schooling and careers, but it doesn’t have to hold us back. Read testimonials, like Lisa’s, in our Manifesto for Change, and help us spread the word: http://bit.ly/1sgXX6m #IBD #IBDManifesto4Change

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Eating properly and staying active play a key role in a healthy lifestyle, but people with IBD face their own unique challenges when it comes to wellness. Read our section on ‘Our Health and Wellness’ in our Manifesto for Change and share! http://bit.ly/1u0IwU2 #IBD #IBDManifesto4Change
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