Patient Perspective

Canadians share their experiences in why patient-doctor choice is critical:

Living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and there are no cures, but medications can stabilize a patient's condition and allow them to lead an active, healthy, and fulfilling life. These diseases are very complex and often require a personalized approach and multiple treatment options to bring about remission.

More than 30,000 letters have been sent to local governments across Canada sharing heartfelt experiences as to why patient-doctor choice matters. Here are just a few:


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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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