What people with IBD should know

I am often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with IBD?” So, this is what I think you should know! Look out for clickable links in this blog, leading to more detailed information! For many, a definitive diagnosis is a massive relief after a long period of being unwell. This does not mean that acceptance is easy, after all, you have just been diagnosed with a chronic disease which has no cure. Do NOT panic, we’ve got this, life is not over! It is worth pointing out that no two IBD patients’ lives are the same. The disease does not always manifest in the same way, and the fact that a treatment works for one person does not mean it will work for another. This makes IBD notoriously difficult to treat. That said, some IBD patients may have one flare, find the right medication straight away and never have another, and that is fantastic! For the rest of us, being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis may mean some lifestyle changes and som

When people that don't understand the cause and management of IBD make statements about them

I 100% understand the frustration of IBD patients when people that obviously don't understand Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis make incorrect statements about the cause and management of them.

However, I do not understand why this results in name calling and insults! To me, this just proves that there's a very long way to go in terms of raising awareness and educating people about Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It should be seen as an opportunity to educate people calmly and respectfully!

If their response makes it clear that they're unwilling to listen or be educated, by all means inform them what a massive douchebag they are, but until then, the drama and nastiness is unnecessary!
Why is respecting others so fucking difficult for so many people? Did your momma's never teach you "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything"?

If your momma didn't teach you, surely Thumper in Bambi did?

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