Most of you know that I have ulcerative colitis.
This disease is commonly referred to as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The other disease in this category is Crohn's disease.
Both of these diseases are unpleasant. The symptoms of these diseases are unpleasant and often people are shy to talk about ulcerative colitis or crohn's.
But we need to talk about these diseases. We need to raise their profile. It is a little known fact that more people in Canada suffer from crohn's or ulcerative colitis than suffer from multiple sclerosis.
At present there are no cures for crohn's and ulcerative colitis. The other problem is that doctors, researchers, and scientists do not know how or why people are afflicted with these diseases.
We need to solve these questions. More and more young children are being diagnosed with these life-long diseases. No child should have to experience such diseases. I can't imagine being a child and having to live with ulcerative colitis.
So what can you do? Click this link: I Support IBD. All you have to do is click the link and sign the declaration. (Yes, this can be done online.) Help us get to 10, 000 signatures by World IBD Day on May 19, 2010.
What else can you do? Help me raise money for the Heel N' Wheel-A-Thon. I'll be participating in this event on June 13 in Ottawa, Ontario. This is a national fundraiser for the Canadian Crohn's and Colitis Foundation - I'm sure there is an event happening in your community as well. Even better, get out there and participate. Check out this web site for details.
Really, it is hard for me to tell you how important this is. All I know is that crohn's and ulcerative colitis are rotten diseases and the sooner we get to a cure, the better. I and all the other Canadians out there suffering from inflammatory bowel disease, thank-you for your support.