Alexandra Chaves: Learning to live with inflammatory bowel disease

Alexandra Chaves!

This year for Awareness Month we had an opportunity for a community member to share their story and some knowledge about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis with TLN!

Meet Alexandra Chaves! Alexandra is a Canadian actor, dancer, student and advocate is best known for her series regular role on five seasons of the CBC/CBBC television series, ‘The Next Step.’

Alexandra was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2018, and after much trial and error, is finally in a place where she feels like she can share her story and educate others about her condition.

Watch and listen to Alexandra’s full interview and complete our quiz on symptoms for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis!

November Awareness Quiz

Participate in our November Awarenress Quiz series. This week's quiz topic is "Treatments for Crohn’s and colitis".


  • 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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