I can relate to a couple of these.
Living with an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, is a challenge. Dealing with comments from the public who don’t understand IBD can be even harder… I’m sure that most of the time people do not mean to be insensitive but it doesn’t stop those comments from being hurtful and annoying.
Here’s what not to say.
1. “You don’t look sick”
This is a biggie, IBD like many other chronic illnesses is sometimes referred to as ‘invisible illnesses’ because on the outside you look OK. People don’t realise that it may have taken every bit of effort to get showered, dressed and out the door that day. That I may have painted on a smile just to get through the day and may be dealing with pain, bleeding, multiple toilet visits, fatigue and just feel like shit.
2. “You have gained weight!”
Yes, I probably have. Because…
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