Crohn's and colitis australia ambassador

Tansel is proud to be an Ambassador for Crohn's and Colitis Australia helping those with the disease to live a better life. For over 21 years Tansel has endured countless painful flare-ups, multiple operations, hospitalisations, fatigue, and impacted greatly his emotional, physical and social wellbeing due to Crohn's Disease. However, it hasn't stopped him in his tracks. Watch the video below to learn more about Tansel's inspirational story.

Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are Iife long gastrointestinal disorders that commonly present themselves in children, adolescents and adulthood. Collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the conditions are an emerging global disease, with Australia having one of the highest prevalence in the world. More than 75,000 Australians live with these conditions, with numbers expected to increase to more than 100,000 by 2022.

The conditions are becoming more prevalent, more severe and more complex and are being diagnosed in more and more very young patients. During a disease flare, inflammation in the colon, rectum and gastrointestinal tract can become so severe that sufferers need to be hospitalised and/or require surgery.

The conditions are largely unpredictable with significant variation in the degree and pattern of symptoms affecting each patient. The relapsing and chronic nature of the disorder has broader impacts on a person’s emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Patients may also develop complications that are potentially life threatening, with links between IBD and increased risks of colorectal cancer as well as the adverse side effects of treatment.

“Being a Crohn’s & Colitis Australia Ambassador gives me the opportunity to help others with a similar condition and also to be more mindful of my own so I can enjoy living life to the fullest.” Tansel Ali - 4 x Australian Memory Champion