I was very pleased to be asked to talk at the 12th congress of the European Crohns and Colitis Organisation in Barcelona. I will be attending next weekend and speaking with a panel of people from around the world about what life would be like if everyone in the world had IBD.
The Boehringer Ingelheim group asked me to be part of their innovative talk hoping to encourage a new way of thinking for medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies. They hope a discussion where the patient is put first will make people consider what it would be like if IBD wasn’t an illness but the norm.
What would treatment look like? How would buildings be designed? What would work, social and personal life be like for the world? With this thinking, perhaps patients with IBD will be more at the forefront of medical professionals minds when they are treating us.
I love public speaking, it gives me the opportunity to use my experiences to educate others and to offer support to members of the public. This event is a little different as it is aimed at medical professionals, I hope by taking part that I can help to shape the way doctors, surgeons, nurses and health professionals look at their future IBD patients. And for that I feel very grateful, honoured and proud.