What is Crohns and Colitis


Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are Iife long gastrointestinal disorders  that commonly present themselves in children, adolescents and adulthood.

Collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the conditions are an emerging global disease, with Australia having one of the highest prevalence in the world.   More than 80,000 Australians live with these conditions, with numbers expected to increase to more than 100,000 by 2022.

The conditions are becoming more prevalent, more severe and more complex and are being diagnosed in more and more very young patients.

During a disease flare, inflammation in the colon, rectum and gastrointestinal tract can become so severe that sufferers need to be hospitalised and/or require surgery.

The conditions are  largely unpredictable with significant variation in the degree and pattern of symptoms affecting each patient. The relapsing and chronic nature of the disorder has broader impacts on a person’s emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Patients may also develop complications that are potentially life threatening, with links between IBD and increased risks of colorectal cancer as well as the adverse side effects of treatment.



Why is S Design Group Turning Purple?


May is the start of Crohns and Colitis awareness moth and purple is the colour that symbolises this. Sara Ferola the Founder / Director of S Design Group was diagnosed with Crohns in early 2020 and found there really is not enough knowledge about this disease out there. It's referred to as an invisible illness, and she wants that to change! Let's all get the GUTS to start talking.



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