How Do I Connect with Real People Living with Crohn’s or Colitis?

Last updated: April 2021

Navigating life with Crohn's or colitis can sometimes be scary or confusing, especially when going through it alone. After hearing those words – “you have inflammatory bowel disease” – it’s hard to know where to turn when all the information is so new and unfamiliar. You want to talk to someone who has been through it, but you don’t know where to find them!

The good news: you don’t need to know someone with Crohn’s or colitis to hear real-life experiences and get your fears heard and your questions answered! You just need

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Most people start by reading our articles about life with IBD from the people who know it best- our advocates. Almost all of our articles on this website are written by someone with Crohn’s or colitis, and some others are from our Editorial Team, who bring the latest news and research updates to the community.

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Articles are just the tip of the iceberg! You can join the conversations or ask any questions in our forums. Forums are a great way to dive deep into a conversation geared around a specific topic. For example, find a specific forum geared towards nutrition and exercise, or one that focuses specifically on symptoms.

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Have you ever wondered, “Am I the only one dealing with this?” or “Has this happened to other people too?”? On, you’ll also find community members who have submitted their own stories, written from their own experiences and perspectives. See how your experiences compare!


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