Poll on disease awareness
Posted by Megan on December 4, 2008
I was recently flipping through the trend magazine, People. The cover story was about Michael J. Fox and his battle with Parkinson Disease. The article discusses Parkinson, Michael’s symptoms, states that nearly 1 million people in the US live with the disease, and it talks all about the advocacy being done for the disease, especially by high profile individuals.
My question then is this: According to Mayo Clinic nearly 1 million Americans live with IBD (Crohns or UC). But I’ve never seen a celebrity or high profile individual on the cover of magazine “I’m living with UC – and I sometimes have accidents in my pants” – Why not? I figure if the shame of IBD related symptoms was not so embarrassing in society, maybe it would be easier to draw awareness to the diseases.
Therefore, I want your opinion on whether or not you think IBD would receive more public advocacy if the symptoms of the disease didn’t have to deal with things like poop and such?