Crohn’s Disease Questions, Part 4: How to Help a Friend

Crohn’s Disease Questions, Part 4: How to Help a Friend
Crohn’s Disease Questions, Part 4: How to Help a Friend Editor’s note: In the fourth part of this series, “Crohn’s Disease Questions,” Mary Horsley discusses how to help a friend with Crohn's disease and IBD. Read the first partsecond part, and third part. My previous posts have been about what to expect, what not to say or suggest, Crohn's complications, and such, so I thought a helpful column would be nice. Some people just have no clue what those of us with IBD go through, and often they don't know what to say or do to be helpful.

1. Be supportive

Too often people with IBD become lonely and isolated, with no one to talk to about their journey. We stay home because we feel ill or left out. I know there are several Facebook support groups, local Take Steps communities for patients, organizations like Cure for IBD with the kindest founder (who goes out of his way to check up on you), and even bloggers, vloggers, and social media users who can become friends. To be there for your friends when they don't feel well makes a difference. Support versus suggestions? Support wins every tim
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