I’m super excited to stand with Tina, of Own Your Crohn’s, on behalf of minorities across the nation for the new Crohn’s and Colitis awareness campaign created by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
I highly encourage you to check out this initiative. I love it. By going to the site: here, you have options to select and learn more about different patient experiences. It’s so true, regardless of what or who you are, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBD, unfortunately does not discriminate.
Something I look forward to addressing more is how my condition has impacted me as an African American female (and vice-versa). I don’t talk about Culture enough and I feel it’s extremely important. Even today, in 2018, my race still plays a huge role in how I am seen and treated. Historically, minorities have not always been treated as equals, unfortunately healthcare is no different.
Another thing Tina and I discussed was how much of an impact our culture has on the discussion of our condition/suffering in general. I found it very interesting that Tina brought up how it’s typically discouraged to talk about certain issues in her culture. This is very true in the African American community as well. We are taught not only to mind our business, but to keep our business private, not to run our mouths so-to-speak. It’s hard because things like Mental Health or wellbeing are typically not topics you just throw around in certain communities and often becomes the reason why so many of us suffer in silence for so long.
I feel like I’ve nagged enough, but these are issues I hope we can shed some light on together. Continue to watch the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation site and socials to learn more about Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of IBD, and also to see all of the awesome surprises they have planned for 2018 awareness week and month! Be sure to give Tina a follow! She’s an amazing advocate and huge inspiration!