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Scary . . . embarrassing . . . uncomfortable . . . unfair!! These are a few of the nicer words that a teen might use to describe a new diagnosis of one of the inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Cope and Thrive
A diagnosis of UC or Crohn's is confusing for teens (and often for their parents, teachers, etc.) Learning to cope is the first step in maintaining long-term, thriving good health. (Yes, it is possible to be HEALTHY while living with a chronic condition that is often described as "illness.")
For Teens "Only" . . .
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America has created a website specifically for teens: UC and Crohn's: A Site for Teens. Here teens will find information, personal stories, tips and tidbits, questions answered by experts, AND a chat room to discuss issues with other teens living with inflammatory bowel disease.
For Everyone . . .
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) website is also a great source of information for patients of all ages who live with an inflammatory bowel disease. The website includes guides for patients, parents, parents and kids, teachers, schools, etc. They even offer a template to help in creating an individualized "504 plan" to address important issues in the educational setting for kids living with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBS).
School is starting . . .
Parents, to do your homework to make sure your IBS kid will have a great year, check out this page.
Don't forget to keep teachers in the loop. Link them to the CCFA's Guide for Teachers--or better yet, print them a copy so you will know they have the information in hand.