IBDrelief is for everyone and anyone affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - this includes people who have IBD, their families, their friends, healthcare professionals and researchers.
Through IBDrelief we want to support, inform, connect and educate people about IBD, as well as improve the quality of life for those affected by it.
We are a social enterprise - a company which looks to tackle social problems, improve communities, people's life chances or the environment.
We are still very much in the fledgling stages of what we want to create with the site (we launched in February 2016) and will be constantly adding new information and features in the coming months.
How you use IBDrelief greatly depends on who you are and what you want to get out of it. You can use the site as just a visitor to gather information on a one-time basis or you can sign up, create your own profile and join the IBDrelief community to connect with others around the world.
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IBDrelief was started by Seb Tucknott and his wife Emily Bridges in 2015.
After being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2008 Seb spent many years relying on medication to manage it. He tried many different medications and found he was still left with many life-affecting symptoms (such as joint/muscle pain and headaches). He decided to start doing some research to learn more about IBD and these associated symptoms in the hope of finding some ways of helping himself. He found the information available overwhelming. It was very fragmented and in so many different places. It was often conflicting or very complicated. But, as he started to gradually filter through it he found some of it was incredibly useful in helping him.
To try to make life easier for others affected by IBD to find this information and make their own decisions about it Seb and Emily decided to create a support platform with all the information and experiences from IBD sufferers in one place. IBDrelief was born!
But, a website such as this is a huge undertaking (even for someone who owns a web design company), not to mention an expensive one. Seb and Emily explored various venues for funding the site and eventually decided to run a crowdfunding campaign in August 2015. The money raised from the campaign has gone towards building the first phase of the website, which was launched in February 2016. This money has now run out and Seb and Emily continue to run IBDrelief out of their own funds. They are currently exploring other funding opportunities to secure the long-term future of IBDrelief.
What you see on IBDrelief now is just the beginning. We have huge plans for IBDrelief but are currently taking it one step at a time to make sure what we create is sustainable into the future.
We are currently seeking investment to create an app to support self-management in IBD and are continuing to grow the content on the website.
We are also really interested to hear what our users would like to see on the site. If you have any ideas please contact us.