Today is world ibd day, it's a day to raise awareness & to celebrate how far we've all come on this journey together. there are 2 main types of ibd, they are crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis. i have crohn's disease and the biggest thing i want to raise awareness of is that ibd isn't a 'pooping disease.' yes, one of the main symptoms and biggest problem is having to use the toilet urgently and multiple times a day.. but it's much much more than that! it's excruciating stomach pain, joint pain, mouth ulcers, weight loss, malnourishment, muscle weakness, major fatigue and many more. dealing with a chronic illness also gets accompanied by mental health issues. it can cause you to lose friends, lose your social life, lose your job/leave education and that can make you feel low. i've had people ask me what crohn's disease is and then other people answer for me saying it's a 'shitting disease.' and it's honestly much much more than that.. ibd can't exactly k**l you, but the complications from the illness certainly can be dangerous and super life threatening! there is no cure for ibd as of yet.. but hopefully one day there will be!