Today is World IBD Day! What is IBD? IBD stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, fatigue and weight loss. According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, approximately 1.6 million Americans have been diagnosed with IBD. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two common types of IBD. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis over 10 years ago. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the colon. Today, we celebrate World IBD Day as my friend Michelle, who also has been diagnosed with colitis, joins me in this video.
Michelle was diagnosed with colitis about 8 years ago. In this video, we discuss some of the struggles that people who have been diagnosed with this condition go through. First, it is often difficult to talk about. Ulcerative colitis effects the digestive system. The symptoms are not something that you want to bring up with friends or social settings.
Ulcerative colitis is basically an invisible condition, people can’t see what is going on. They may notice that you are loosing weight or going to the restroom a lot. Therefor, it can be helpful to discuss what you are going through, but only when you are ready. It took a long time before I felt comfortable speaking to friends and family about what I was going through.
Next, we discuss how so many people we talk to either are going through something similar or they know someone who is. It’s important to remember that we do not always know what people are dealing with. If someone is struggling with something, they may take it out on you. In these situations, it is important to take a step back and not act on emotion.
We talk about the importance of taking care of yourself first. This is especially important when going through something very difficult. It is very easy to try and take care of someone else before you are still healing yourself. This can be a mistake since you need to make sure you are taking enough time and energy to take care of yourself.
Finally, we hope you enjoy this video on World IBD Day. Please share with someone that may need to hear about the different message we spoke about.