This post is perfect.
I think it’s a helpful thing not just for IBD patients to read, but also for friends, loved ones, and even acquaintances of people with IBD to read. If more people knew this stuff, maybe IBD patients wouldn’t have to listen to infuriating, unhelpful, blame-y comments as frequently as we do.
I want to share some things I wish I knew with any of you who may be newly diagnosed with Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis or know someone who is:
1) There is no right or wrong way to treat Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis. Do what you feel is best for you, your body, your mind and your life. Things can always be adjusted.
2) Inflammatory bowel disease always plays with your emotions, always right in your face. The ups and downs are really challenging which is why a great support system is key and reaching out for help when you feel like you need is crucial. It is okay and healthy to ask for help. Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis are VERY difficult illnesses to live with.
3) Make friends with other people who have IBD…. Even if it just browsing through support pages on Facebook or Twitter…
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