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3 Things It’s Okay To Do With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Living with any form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease is hard. It’s painful, debilitating, complicated and sadly many people just don’t understand. On top of internal and external symptoms, IBD can do a bit of damage mentally as well.

3 Things It’s Okay To Do With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Take a Break:

It’s easy to get caught up with all of the IBD mumbo jumbo. After all, our disease has no cure. There’s loads of information out there. From fake cures to fake doctors. People claiming they’ve solved all IBD related mysteries and those who claim they can “heal your gut” with one recipe.

Don’t get me wrong, along with all of the “fake news” there’s still a slew of good information. Good blogs that give first hand perspectives on what it’s like to live with the condition. Good factual information that give good strong data based information on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the science behind the condition. You get it. There’s loads of info. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Lost in the mix of it all. It’s okay to take an IBD break. You don’t have to know everything all at once. Relax your mind and rest assured, there will be more time and more to learn.

Be Honest:

Our condition can be a bit embarrassing at times. It’s not easy to talk about what we go through on a day to day basis. Not everyone will understand, and that’s okay. It’s also okay to be honest about your condition. It’s okay to open up about what life with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is really like. It’s okay to share your story. The more we share our stories, the more empowered patients become. The more people choose to share their own story. The more people will see that Inflammatory Bowel Disease is more than just a “bathroom disease.” The more we share, the more awareness we raise. More awareness is more funds raised, more funds equals more research which hopefully (someday) leads to cures.


As IBD patients, we spend so much of our lives in hospitals and bathrooms, we’re always doing something. Being strong for someone. It’s okay to feel. Give yourself permission to be emotional. Let out your emotions. If you want to cry, cry. If you want to scream, scream. Don’t feel so pressured to keep everything bottled up. You’re human. You deserve to feel without rules and restrictions. Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is emotional. It’s a lot to deal with mentally and physically.

I hope these 3 tips have helped you as they’ve helped me. It took me years to really allow myself to be open and honest about my condition. It took even more years for me to allow myself to feel and allow myself the freedom to express my feelings about living with IBD. My anger. My sadness. The feeling of betrayal. As for taking a break, I’m still learning how to manage that and how to incorporate that little tidbit into my life. It’s complicated, but with time we all learn what works for each of us.

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