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Thursday, November 29, 2012

NHBPM #29: Shout out

7:55 PM Posted by Stephanie Horgan ,

Today is shout-out day, as one of our favorite partner organizations, The Great Bowel Movement, just revamped their website. I wrote a review of them a while back and now they are one of the 2012 Top-Rated non-profits list! Check it out: http://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse

Their new website http://thegreatbowelmovement.org/ is a great resource for patients who have Inflammatory Bowel Diseases like Crohn's or colitis, and they've got all sorts of helpful links listed as well as as support group directory. Things like GI doctors, mental health resources, nutrition info, blogging resources...and the list goes on! This organization has come up with creative ways to eliminate stigma, with the "Flush Secret" postcard program, and Flush Mob street team awareness mobs. All in the name of normalizing an not-so-glamorous illness and empowering others to tell their story. It all begins with a conversation. By buying a shirt or mug or button with your illness on it, it can be a powerful tool to start conversations with friends, coworkers, strangers...The coolest part is that the organization donates 10% of all purchases to various chronic illness organizations. 

This organization focuses on IBD, which is just one of the chronic illnesses that we treat at OPBMed, but we would love to hear about other organizations out there for other chronic illnesses that do this kind of great work. Please pass them onto us!!