Ask-the-Advocate: One Positive Thing from Life with IBD
Living with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, can have many negative aspects - symptoms, complications, treatment, etc - but many of those with chronic illness recognize that managing so many obstacles can bring about some surprising positives as well. So we asked our advocates:
What's one positive thing that's come from your life with IBD?
Read their responses and be sure to share your own!
Response from Paul:
One positive thing that has happened in my life because of IBD is I became closer with my family. I get along with my parents and older brother, but before I was diagnosed I was a partier. I would rather go out with my friends that out to dinner with my family. I was “too cool.” When I got sick, and spent 376 straight days in the hospital, my family was there every single day! How could I ever pay them back?
My brother visited me every day. My parents quit their jobs for over a year to sit with me in the hospital as I battled complications from Crohn’s. Now that I have made a big recovery, I try to spend as much time as I can with my parents. You just never know what life has in store for you, and when it could be your last day…. Trust me I faced it. My brother calls me once a week to check up with me, something he didn’t do before I was diagnosed. I love and cherish my family.
Response from Marisa:
One positive thing that has happened because of IBD is I learned what was truly important in life. I learned what it means to be a family. I don’t sweat small things because of IBD. I also don’t care very much about material items. And I never ever take my health for granted.
Response from Courtney:
Although I've had a lot of positive things come out of living with IBD (after looking hard), I think that the thing that I'm most grateful for is that I've learned how to fully take care of all of myself (body, mind and soul) because of my diagnosis with Crohn's Disease. I didn't realize it before, but I personally wasn't treating myself very well before I got diagnosed back in 2012. Now, I do the best that I can to take care of myself fully so that I can feel my best and live my best life. I truly believe that I would have never learned those crucial life lessons if I had never been diagnosed with Crohn's.
Response from Amber:
The online IBD community and IBD friends I've made. Since I started blogging and connecting with others in the community, my quality of life (even during the really rough spots) has DRASTICALLY improved. I really feel like having a more positive outlook (via support, friends, helping others, etc.) helps.
Response from Krystal:
From being sick and being diagnosed I can now see how much its given me both negative and positive. I wouldn't be who I am today without having experience illness, pain and suffering. its shown me compassion and understanding of others. Its taught me to be a genuine person and true to who I am. Its also helped me become a voice and advocate for others who don't have any strength
Response from Sara:
Caring for someoneI met my very significant other, Dan, because of having Crohn's disease. We both have IBD and met 5 years ago at an event for Crohn's and UC. Also, I started my website, Inflamed & Untamed six years ago and that has brought into my life so many amazing people and opportunities. I couldn't imagine my life without being an advocate for patients.
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