IBD Awareness Week 2017: #NoFilteronIBD

We are so excited for IBD Awareness Week and the fun campaign that we have worked so hard to crunch out the details of. Since the relevance of our beloved Snapchat has grown to extensive lengths, we thought it would be perfect to "unfilter" what it's like to live with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Don't lie to yourself (or us). You love that pretty filter, dog filter, and especially the deer filter. They're a great way to laugh with your friends and hide your flaws.

But - IBD Awareness Week is about sharing our flaws. In order to help spread awareness, we want you all to see us, unfiltered, out from underneath our security blanket of the 'pretty filter.'

Living with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis life changing. There's no filter to cover the hardships that we go through with these diseases. We do our very best, fight every single day just to be what society considers 'normal.'

Well, this week we are done covering up our fight.

Let’s stop censoring our tenacity and start showing the world how tough we are.

Starting today - all of the editors from Companion will share our 'unfiltered' selfie, along with a few paragraphs describing how we overcame a tough time in our journey with Crohn's and colitis. A time when any filter could never hide the pain we were experiencing.

You are not alone in this fight. The days that you feel the absolute worse on the inside, but find the inner strength to filter yourself so that you look beautiful on the outside, makes us the strongest people that I have ever had the honor of knowing.

Let's do this. No filter needed.