If you have a friend, family member or colleague who has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis you might want to watch this vlog. Tara, who has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), shares some of the things her friends and family shouldn’t say or do, including not asking her if she wants to eat Mexican food and not telling her that her face is swollen.
Comments such as “you don’t look sick” and “it’s all in your mind” are extremely insensitive and inaccurate and can be very hurtful. In addition, pointing out that a person has put on or lost weight is also unwelcome. A person with IBD will often gain weight due to steroids or other medications. If they’ve lost weight it’s usually because they have been dealing with a flare.
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