On the evening of Monday 15th September, over 35 people participated in Bikur Cholim’s Information event about Crohns and Colitis. The event was coordinated by a patient who recognised the need for a forum of this kind where people could benefit from medical expertise in a safe and confidential environment.

Professor Laurence Lovat, Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCH whose name is synonymous with leading patient care in this area, provided a detailed and clear presentation about the anatomy of this condition,how it affects patients and helpful context and background. He also cautioned people about the risks of hiding details of their condition in relation to shidduchim and urged people to maintain their medication and reassured them that they could lead perfectly productive lives with this diagnosis. The presentation was followed by a Question and Answer session and the participants were comfortable and confident to raise relevant issues.

The feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive and participants found it was a positive and useful experience. There were requests for similar events in the future and for more opportunities for networking and sharing information.