Healthy Living

Crohn's Disease: How to Begin to Fight Uncertainty

Communicate appropriately with whomever you're comfortable.

We’ve all heard, communication is key. It’s not like you chose to have Crohn’s so the more you can explain the disease to others the more they will understand. Try not to be ashamed of your IBD. You don’t have to go into too much detail, but telling your spouse, mother, father and close friends about your diagnosis can help them to be more supportive during a flare-up. Tell people what you want to tell them. Share what you want to share. Not everyone needs to know everything, but some people should know more than others. Sharing details like symptoms, and tips to help support you are vital to discuss with co-workers, your boss, and friends. More personal details like what happens when your Crohn’s flares up, feelings on why you don’t want to go in public very often, side effects of medications and feelings of embarrassment are best to share with your spouse, close family, and close friends. Don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends for help.