Coming to terms with having a chronic illness is the first step in the process that includes becoming educated about the disease, and gaining empowerment to make choices in medication and surgical options and to help you to navigate the altered course of your life that this disease can force upon you. While I wouldn't wish this on my meanest sister, I welcome you to a wonderful community of people who understand you and support your journey. You are NOT alone.
Day 1 ~ Living: It's Not Your Fault
Being told that you have something incurable or only curable with the surgical removal of the colon can feel like a slap in the face. So, for your first day, we are just going to deal with what you have right now: a diagnosis and a bit of shock. Just let that sink in. And as you are going through all of the accompanying feelings-perhaps a bit of denial and certainly a lot of wonder-just remember this next line: there is nothing you did to cause this nor did anyone else.
Day 1 ~ Learning: What is IBD?
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a catchall phrase that encompasses a variety of conditions that are marked by inflammation and can occur anywhere from the lips to the anus. There are two main diseases that are commonly referred to as IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis strikes the large intestine or colon, whereas Crohn's affects the entire GI tract.
Living: Grieving: Are You Sure?
Learning: What the Tests Tell Us
Living: Acceptance and Hope
Learning: The Workplace, the Law and IBD
Living: Finding Solace and Support
Learning: How the Diseases Work
Living: Assembling Your Health Care Team
Learning: The Intestinal Complications of IBD
Living: When to Call the Doctor
Learning: The Ailments that Accompany IBD
Living: Coping with Pain
Learning: Genetics and Other Causative Factors
Learning: The Role of Medication in the Treatment of IBD
Living: Living with the Effects of Medication
Learning: Drugs that Help, Drugs that Hurt
Learning: Vitamins, Herbs and Other Essential Nutrients
Living: Seeking Alternative Therapy
Learning: The Role of Nutrition
Living: What Can I Eat? What Should I Avoid?
Learning: Non-ostomy Surgical Options
Living: Surviving Surgery and Other Hospital Stays
Learning: The Ostomy
Living: Coping with the Ostomy
Learning: Cancer and IBD
Living: Surviving the Colonoscopy and Other Awful Tests
Learning: Sex and Fertility
Living: Intimacy Issues
Learning: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Lactation
Living: Coping with Pregnancy, Childbirth and Recovery with IBD
Living: Living Daily Life
Learning: Remission: Life Beyond Disease
Living: Travel and IBD
Learning: Insurance and IBD
Living: Children and IBD
Learning: Treatments for Children with IBD
Learning: Understanding Research
Living: Participating in Research
Living: Moving On
Learning: Finding a Cure
For Further Reading
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