No Colon, Still Rollin’: World IBD Day

No Colon, Still Rollin’: World IBD Day

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If I could crochet a colon for myself and anyone else who has lost their intestines due to Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, I would. If only it was that easy. I would stitch until my fingers fell off!! Unfortunately, I would have to crochet for millions of people who sadly have had total proctocolectomy surgery due to the devastation of inflammatory bowel disease. Today, May 19th, is World IBD Day. It is a day to recognize the millions of people worldwide who suffer from these debilitating diseases.


I crocheted this colon (large intestine) as a symbol of loss. Crohn’s disease claimed my large intestine in 2008, only one week before my 18th birthday. On the very cusp of colon cancer, my disease was extremely progressive and surgery was my only option. The fight never ends because sadly, there is no cure. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis affects only the colon and rectum. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive tract from mouth to anus.
This colon represents each major surgery; each stitch stands for each procedure, x-ray, scan, or test that I have undergone. This may seem like an unusual analogy to represent an organ or diseases that most people rarely, if ever, think about. To me, this disease changed my entire life and those changes led me here, crocheting my very own colon, and using my voice and skills to advocate for others who don’t have a platform to help spread awareness. Many of whom are no longer with us. Our diseases may appear invisible, but we are not!

Silly, strange, serious, or an obnoxiously bold statement, however you view this piece I created, hopefully it will generate conversation for inflammatory bowel diseases. Not just on May 19th, World IBD Day, but every day of every year until we find a cure.

Please *share* this blog post and you may be surprised to find how many people YOU know are silently suffering. There is NO CURE. Help raise more awareness so that I never have to type those words again.

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5 responses

  1. I totally LOVE this! I have had nothing but colon problems all my life. In Oct 2015 the Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend I found myself rushed Into the hospital thinking it was gal bladder . It was after the CT scan they thought by bowel was backing Into itself. They prepped me for surgery and when they got in there, it ended up being colon cancer. I finished my chemo May 2016 and have since had two clean appointments but am still having problems with my bowels. Because my colonoscopy came back ok I’m told there is no problems. Anyways I Love that people rally together and support through these diseases, keep it up, share the support and the Love ❤


  2. This is just so cool! I shared it on my FB page. You are an inspiration to everybody who has a chronic medical condition & I applaud you for sharing your journey!


  3. Those with bowel problems should not have to spend all their time suffering behind closed doors. It just plain stinks! Kudos to you for sharing, it’s time more was done to wipe out IBD.


  4. Nadia, You are so sweet and so positive! I have irritable bowel and prolapsed rectum. Nothing in comparison to what you have been through! I just want to “big you up” for your bravery and positivity! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, I wish you and Nate the best!


  5. Thank you for your entertaining and informative post. My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 colo-rectal cancer 6 years ago. After a long struggle he is now cancer, and anus, free! We enjoyed your colon crochet immensely xx


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