Living With Ulcerative Colitis While at College In this YouTube video, vlogger Emily Ellen talks about what it's like living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) while at college. MORE: Seven things not to say to someone with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis Emily was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when she was a freshman in college. The diagnosis itself is stressful enough, but when you're living in shared accommodation and have to share a bathroom with 30 other people, things can get a little bit tricky. Emily talks about her diagnosis, the symptoms she experienced, the medications she's been on and the side effects they caused. She also shares her best tips for managing an IBD at college, including: Use the bathroom in the middle of the night. This is the epitome of making lemonade out of lemons. Emily says this is the best thing about having to get up every few hours. It can be hard sharing a bathroom with 30 other students, but as Emily says, "Nobody uses the bathroom at 4am." Leave the dorms before a colonoscopy. Colonoscopy prep is hard enough, Emily advises not doing it in the dorms. She spent the night in a hotel with her mom, but if that's not an option, she recommends grabbing a close pal and getting away from campus for a night if you're forced to have the test while at school. Set goals. Like most IBD patients, Emily's had good days and bad days. Some days, she says she wanted "to pack up all her stuff and move home," but by setting goals for herself, she was able to stay focused on getting through the difficult days. Find your people. Find good people who will support you and be there for you when you need them. IBD is no joke and you need people around you who won't treat you like one, and will at least try to under
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