About IBDrelief.com

What is IBDrelief.com?

IBDrelief.com 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.com 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.

The site includes:

  • Information to help inform about all aspects of IBD
  • Real-life stories to help learn more about living with IBD
  • Surveys to take part in and learn from the results
  • Information about food and IBD, including adaptable recipe ideas
  • Ways to help keep your body and mind healthy while living with IBD

IBDrelief's mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of people around the world affected by inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and colitis.

We want to:

  • Provide vital support and information to people living with IBD, their families and the medical industry to help improve people's quality of life
  • Support research into IBD
  • Connect those affected by IBD with others
  • Provide employment opportunities for people living with IBD

The IBDrelief story

IBDrelief was started by Seb Tucknott and Emily Bridges in 2015.

After being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2008 Seb spent many years unaware of exactly what UC was and the impacts it could have on his life. After the London Olympics in 2012 he decided to start doing some research to learn more about IBD and change elements of his lifestyle to try to improve the debilitating symptoms he was living with, despite his medications. 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 to improve his quality of life.

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 for those living with IBD....and IBDrelief was born! You can read Seb's full IBD story here.

To help with the start up costs Seb and Emily ran a successful crowdfunding campaign in August 2015. The money raised from the campaign went towards building the website and developing the first pieces of content. The site was launched in February 2016 and since then has received over 3.7m pageviews from around the world and counting. IBDrelief now employs several people with inflammatory bowel diseases and has grown to also develop digital solutions for people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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