IBD Warriors Support and Awareness

Patient Leader

I am truly honoured to receive this nomination . Thank you so much . My name is Melanie . I live in a small coastal town , just outside of Durban in Kwazulu Natal South Africa. I have had symptoms of Crohn's Disease since I was 7 years old and it took until I was a teenager until I got a diagnosis . When I was diagnosed it was an incredibly scary and lonely time for me . There was no social media . Once socia media started I became an admin on Facebook support groups for IBD and opened IBD Warriors Support and Awareness https://www.facebook.com/groups/1647238362159147/?ref=share ( link below ) 👇The purpose of the group is that no newly diagnosed IBD patient will feel alone . If you or someone you love has IBD please don't hesitate to reach out .

Location

Amanzimtoti, 02

Nominations

Best in Show: Community or Forum Best in Show: Community Best in Show: Facebook Best Team Performance Patient Leader Hero

Finalist

Best in Show: Community

She is the most caring and concerning person I know! Altho we live countries apart she has become my BFF... She runs a success support group!  — Tami

Mel has created this forum to enable IBD patients worldwide come together as a community. She loves and supports each and everyone of us. Even when she's going through her own problems, Mel. Is there to help, advise and generally encourage us. She works tirelessly to keep the page and group going. She so deserves this award.  — Kay

Her selfless dedication to the IBD community.  — Nico

Melanie is the Founder of the wonderful support group IBD WARRIORS. This group offers great support internationally to IBD patients and their carers. It is the most caring, interactive group, that really offers both support, advice and thoughtfulness. Melanie works tirelessly to keep the group running at it's best.  — Alison

Creating a safe environment for people to share their problems and discuss their illness .

Melanie takes the time to get to know every member and has really helped me in the last year.

For compassion and caring . She takes the time to get to know all the members and help them .  — Sage

When I joined the community I was very depressed about my diagnosis. Melanie has gone out of her way to help me. She takes time to get to know the members in our group.  — Jenna

For creating a wonderful support group and for taking the time to help the members  — Sage

Melanie has worked tirelessly in supporting IBD patients, firstly as an admin in various groups and then founding her own group IBD Warriors Support and Awareness. Despite having IBD herself, she always makes herself available to advise, support and encourage others. She has a cheerful, loving nature and this comes across in her caring for members

Melanie has dedicated herself to the IBD Community for many years. Firstly as an admin in many groups then as the founder of IBD Warriors. She offers support and advice in a way that patients can relate to and is always there with a word of encouragement. Having had IBD since a teenager, she can relate across all ages. She is warm and kind.  — Alison

IBD Warriors Support and Awareness

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