I recently participated in the #GetYourBellyOut campaign on twitter, an IBD awareness and fundraiser movement originating in the UK, but has now gone global. IBD patients from all over are posting and tweeting pics of their bellies, whether they are clean, scarred, or bagged (even double bagged); we are showing the world what IBD looks like by getting our bellies out!
In light of the recent #nomakeupselfie campaign done to raise funds for a cancer charity in the UK, Sahara, a Crohnie, chose to post a pic of her belly on the internet (quite a brave, bold, step). Another UK Crohnie, Victoria, followed suit, and the two embarked on the #GetYourBellyOut campaign.
This campaign has gone beyond awareness and fundraising, and has connected many people with IBD globally. Thanks to this I now have international IBD buddies:) A group was also started on Facebook, where we can post our stories, ask questions, and give or receive advice from each other. It’s overwhelming to see the empathy and compassion from everyone else, and I no longer feel like an island. We are in this together, fighting the good fight and cheering each other on. It may not be a cure, but it’s an emotional bridge never before built. Thank you, ladies, for bringing us together, and giving us the courage to get our bellies out!
If you would like to learn more about this campaign, please see the links below:)