In honor of Feeding Tube Awareness Week (February 8-12, 2021), Makenna shared a little about her experience with a feeding tube and how she views it in a positive light!

Feeding tubes aren’t a life sentence. They make us fabulous and strong. A feeding tube makes us be able to fight the battle we need to fight.

I have had a feeding tube since the age of five and it has helped me be able to feel more like myself. It gave me the energy to go school, go out with friends, and my favorite: be able to do things with my family. Life with a feeding tube might not always feel glamorous but it is a lifesaving medical device that makes me stronger and just be able to live.

💚💙 Makenna

One way you can support your friends and family who live with IBD is by learning more about their experiences. Download, read and share Patient Perspectives: Nutrition & IBD to learn about using nutritional therapies, such as TPN, special diets, nutritional drinks, and NG tubes/tube feeding.


Get #InTheLOOP with more PAC Moments >>
PAC Moments is a series of short stories originally shared by members of the Patient Advisory Council on their social media channels. They are being re-shared on LOOP as a way to reach more people and raise more awareness of IBD. We hope you'll share these with others and ask them to take a moment to read + learn more about #LifeWithIBD 💚💙
Fionna and Vanessa are co-leads of the PAC Communications taskforce. In this role, they help PAC members share their IBD stories and experiences on social media, #InTheLOOP and across the IBD Community - to raise awareness, build community and help others with IBD know they are not alone. You can connect with Fionna, Vanessa and the PAC on social media @ICNPatients or by visiting and completing the contact form.

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