Getting Help and Helping Others
Having Crohn’s for the last nine years allowed me to become pretty knowledgeable about the disease. Do I know everything? Nope. If I did, I would be writing the textbooks. But I do lots of things in the Crohn’s community that allow me to take my experiences and share them with others. In return, others can compare stores with mine, and we can develop long lasting friendships. If you have Crohn’s, there are many outlets that you can reach out to. You can assist with the following.
CCFA- Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
This is a wonderful foundation that really reaches out and helps raise money for research. Hopefully one day the CCFA will be able to raise enough money to help find an overall cure for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. I have been part of this great foundation for eight years. In the last eight years, my family, friends, and myself have raised close to twenty five thousand dollars. We come together as a big team, and walk for a great cause.
I have met so many wonderful people who all come together for the same reason. FIND A CURE!
IBD Support Groups
There are other people are in a similar boat you are! Don’t worry, you are not the only one. If you go on the Internet, you will be able to find many online and offline Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis support groups. These support groups are often based on your location. Usually they are held during the week in the evening times, once or twice a month. I have attended these support groups and they are wonderful! I met so many people my age, and they understand my everyday struggles. There is no stress to go, and you don’t have to feel committed. I really enjoyed the guest speakers. A lot of times they would be stomach doctors or nutritionists
Not going to lie, this disease sucks! Don’t let anybody sugar coat it for you. You will have your fair share of good and bad days. It doesn’t’ hurt to reach out to a professional to talk to. It took me a while to commit, but when I did go it really helped. When I was discharged from the hospital, I had a lot of unanswered questions. Why me? Why was I in the hospital for so long? How was I going to live a life with Crohn’s? These were a few of many questions I had. I am so glad that I talked to a mental health professional, because they got me associated with the right support groups.
Believing in Yourself!
If you believe in yourself you can overcome some of the fears of Crohn’s. I am a strong believer in the power of positive thinking. Remember that you are not the only one dealing with this. Don’t feel like you're alone, and remember you have a wonderful group of people that are willing to reach out and help you. Make the move, be aware, be ready and be positive!
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