You’ve probably heard these all before if you suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Emily Ellen lists some of the insensitive things people say to her regarding her inflammatory bowel disease in this YouTube video.
“You should eat this certain food,” “I know how you feel, I had a stomach ache for a week once,” “but, you don’t look sick!” are just a few of the common things people say without thinking they might offend her. Usually, the comments come from well-meaning people and often they are trying to compliment the recipient, but don’t fully understand that the weight gain is because of your meds, or any weight loss is because of a bad flare.
Taking the time to educate people about the condition will help them to better understand and hopefully, they’ll think twice before making an ill-informed remark, or even better, actually say the right thing.
IBD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.