It’s been a while since I’ve done a Follow Friday post on here, which is kind of sad because there are so many great resources out there that are worth highlighting! So this week I wanted to talk about an awesome organization for those living with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, ostomies, j-pouches and anything in between.
The Great Bowel Movement is all about awareness. The organization was started by Megan & Andrea and their main purpose is to empower patients and start conversations. GBM highlights patient stories and hopes to inspire others with IBD to share their experiences. One of my favorite things they offer are their Awareness T-shirts. They have shirts that encourage people to “Ask Me” about Crohn’s disease or ostomy or IBD. (You can see me in my T-shirt — showing off my ostomy — in the picture that I posted on here a few months ago.)
I also really admire the fact that GBM desires to work with other groups and organizations and not compete with them. On their site it states, “Together we stand. With over 1.4 million IBD patients, and even more with ostomies, the best way to achieve awareness is to stand together and work for a common cause. At the Great Bowel Movement, we are committed to working with other individuals and organizations with common missions of IBD awareness and empowerment. When we begin to compete against each other, our cause becomes diluted and our effectiveness decreases.” That gives me so much respect for them. I know sometimes, even in the non-profit world, people and organizations can get caught up in competing for support, but especially in trying to promote awareness for something like IBD, it’s so important to come together and work towards that common cause.
I have loved being able to interact with the girls at GBM some over the past years. They were so kind to sponsor one of my giveaways this past Christmas, and even kinder to nominate me in their current Pass It On campaign. Every quarter they donate 10% of all proceeds directly back into the IBD community. And this quarter, they have offered to put that money towards the IBD bloggers. Ten of us were nominated and the Top 3 will be able to use the money to put it back into our awareness projects and keeping our blogs going. And if you’re willing, I would greatly appreciate your vote. All you have to do is Visit their Facebook page and like The Stolen Colon logo. That’s it!
Furthermore, The Great Bowel Movement has so many good resources that you should definitely check out. They have lots of information and infographics on IBD, they have pictures you can post on social media or use as an iPhone background, and they even help you craft a 30-second “elevator speech” for explaining IBD to others. And while you’re at it, pick up one of their “Ask Me” T-shirts!
I am so thankful for organizations like GBM who are raising funds, awareness and support for IBD every day. It’s great to have people like them who are working towards the same things that you are and are willing to work with you. Thank you, Great Bowel Movement, for all you do!