Inflammatory Bowel Disease PSA

November 7, 2011

Some time back I had come up with this idea to try to explain to others, what is inflammatory bowel disease, and although I could describe my own situation, I decided to broaden my search in describing IBD by asking others how they would describe it. What words would you use if you were asked by someone that does not have Inflammatory Bowel Disease to make them understand what we really go through? Hence, my idea for this public service announcement was hatched.

This is a compilation of the responses we received on our fan page on Facebook.

Along with our own thoughts and descriptive words, we put it to music: Boyce Avenue–Skyscraper cover. The lyrics are perfect as they talk about how you can be broken down (in this case, by illness), but you can rebuild and come out stronger. That’s what we all hope and strive for. This is a message of HOPE.

Maybe this can be a way for others to have an idea through our words even if they never understand how it feels…

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back in amazement at what you have been through and you will ask yourself… ‘How did I get through it all?” ~Unknown



  1. Thank-you Nadia and Denis! I LOVED this video – it is such an accurate depiction of what it is like living with a chronic bowel condition – I was reduced to tears as were many of the people whom i shared it with. Not many people i know had any idea about what I was going through and now thanks to your video, they have a much better understanding and are less likely to criticise and more likely to empathise…A job well done!!! katie xoxo

    P.S. I have watched this video so many times, especially when I am feeling down – it helps to know that I am not alone….

  2. Aww, I love this!

  3. For those of you in college with ulcerative colitis- I have UC and am a senior in college. There is this new blog about dealing with college and colitis. I just wish I had something like this when I was a freshman.

  4. Very good!! Thank you!

  5. This is a superb video. I stand in awe. I watched it already three times in a row. Thanks

  6. Really, really good!! You did a great job.

  7. Amazing! Really helps to capture all the struggles and feelings we go through. Well done!

  8. Great! Thanks fot this vidoe.I shared it with others.

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