Crohn's Disease: How to Begin to Fight Uncertainty
Frustrated, fearful, unreliable, fatigued, depressed, stressed, anxious and worried. These words describe how someone with Crohn’s may feel at times. IBD affects more than just the bowels of a patient with the disease. It deeply affects mental health as well as the physical. And those effects are felt by friends and loved ones too. People with Crohn’s may miss holiday get-togethers with family and birthday parties with friends. They miss simple uneventful things too; things like pizza on a Friday night or going to the movie theater to see the latest comedy. People with Crohn’s can feel like they’re strapped by the unpredictability of the disease.
Day in and day out, Crohn’s patients deal with pain, stress, and fatigue. Their minds want to live a normal life but their bodies hold them back. Fear of incontinence hover over. “What if”s overflow in their minds. Sometimes, they make plans just to break them.
It’s easy to let the negatives override the positives, but striving for a better life is essential. It's important to push out of comfort zones and do your best to live free of uncertainty!