Press Release

Today marks World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day: The Estonian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Association unites patients and raises awareness

May 2024 – Today is World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day, aimed at raising awareness about IBD and supporting those living with the condition. In Estonia, this day has been celebrated since 2015, when the Estonian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Association (EPSS) was established, bringing together patients and their families affected by this disease.

IBD encompasses two main diseases: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. Ulcerative colitis mainly affects the large intestine and rectum, causing chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and abdominal pain. Both diseases are chronic, with periods of flare-ups and remissions, and require lifelong treatment and monitoring.

This year’s World IBD Day theme is “IBD has no borders.” As part of this, active female members of EPSS participated in the LHV May Run yesterday, running and walking together with over 20,000 women. Through this, they demonstrated to themselves and others that the disease cannot defeat them if their spirit and faith are strong.

“Participating in the LHV May Run was a symbolic step to show that people with inflammatory bowel disease are capable of living active and fulfilling lives,” said the chairwoman of EPSS. “Our members are an inspiration to all, showing that a disease diagnosis does not mean giving up on dreams and goals.”

Additionally, today marks an important milestone for EPSS. The organizers of Tartu’s Cultural Capital events have finally adopted the WC card, which guarantees priority access to restrooms for WC cardholders at major events. This step significantly improves the quality of life for people with inflammatory bowel disease.

Last night, a clip broadcasted on ERR television included a photo of the Kaarsild bridge, similar to the one lit up in purple on May 19, 2018, photographed by Rene Suburg. While it’s uncertain if the photo used was exactly Rene’s, the similarities are many, raising questions about authorized use.

EPSS continues its mission to raise awareness and provide support to all affected by inflammatory bowel diseases. We thank all supporters and well-wishers.

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