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#7DaysOfIBD: People Share Experience Of Crohn's And Colitis To Raise Awareness

07/12/2015 16:03 GMT | Updated 13/01/2017 12:38 GMT

People are raising awareness for Crohn's Disease And Colitis Awareness Week by posting their experience to social media, using the hashtag #7daysofIBD.

Those living with the condition are sharing insightful photos and powerful statuses to remove stigma around the condition and show what every day life is really like.

From duvet days to hospital visits, birthday celebrations to Christmas decorations, everyday life can vary dramatically and no one case is the same.

The hashtag is sometimes painfully honest, but also empowering and uplifting. As one Twitter user says, "I am not a sufferer... I am a fighter".

According the the NHS, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term mainly used to describe two conditions, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

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Both are chronic conditions that involve inflammation of the gut.

Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine), while Crohn’s disease can affect all of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.

Common symptoms include: pain, swelling or cramping in the tummy; recurring or bloody diarrhoea; weight loss; and extreme tiredness.

Crohn's and Colitis UK, the leading charity for IBD, says that IBD can be "painful, stressful and isolating conditions".

The charity adds: "Many suffer in silence because they don’t know how to talk about what they’re going through, or who they can turn to."

Here are some of the most powerful posts from the #7daysofIBD campaign: