Crohn's and Colitis 101: What You Should Know About Living with IBD

Watch this video to learn about what Crohn's and colitis are, including the risk factors or causes of these diseases, diagnostics and testing, treatment and medication options, surgery, symptom management, the impact of diet and nutrition on IBD, and what to expect going forward in your journey with IBD.


Dr. Noelle Rohatinsky (RN, MN, PhD, CMSN(C)) is an Associate Professor and Registered Nurse at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Committee Member of the Canadian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nursing (CANIBD) group.

Dr. Rohatinsky has been volunteering with Crohn's and Colitis Canada for over a decade and was awarded the 2018 Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Ross McMaster National Unsung Hero Award. She has also led Newly Diagnosed sessions for people in her community and nationally and was herself diagnosed with Crohn's disease in the year of 2000. 


  • 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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