The Stages of Grief Following a Crohn’s Disease Diagnosis

The Stages of Grief Following a Crohn’s Disease Diagnosis
A Crohn's diagnosis changes your life forever. It's not uncommon for those affected by Crohn’s to go through the stages of grief; the grief of losing the life you used to have before the disease. Grief is the manifestation of several emotions due to trauma, the loss of someone, or something important. You can also experience grief when you feel as if you’ve lost yourself. I grieved for my old life after my diagnosis with Crohn's. According to the well-known model by Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, grief comes in five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. How the five stages of grief associate with Crohn’s Denial Following an experience of loss or trauma, feelings of shock or disbelief take over. When I received my diagnosis, I thought it couldn't be true. I had been sick for just a few months. After surviving toxic megacolon, I had all the typical signs of Crohn’s disease including severe stomach pain, frequent restroom trips, nausea, and vomiting. Crohn’s hit me hard and fast! I researched the disease and discovered that there was no cure. I knew this would be forever — and that scared me. I thought that maybe my doctor was wrong, that perhaps the results of the biopsies were a false positive. However, as more tests came back all pointing to me having Crohn’s, I realized it was true. Anger Why did this have to happen to me? It just wasn’t fair! I had taken care of my body. Why did I have to develop toxic megacolon that led to such a devastating disease? Feelings of anger, frustration, and helplessness took over. My days revolved around stomach issues — and it felt like I had severe stomach flu. To have that forever was a horrifying thought. Bargaining I asked myself and my doctors why this had
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  1. heather says:

    My 15 years old got diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease recently. Being undiagnosed for so many years has made Crohn’s hard to treat. For her, the symptoms are weight loss, fatigue, red or itchy eyes, and inflamed or bumpy skin.Seeing her I now know these symptoms cause fatigue I have been reading about her symptoms and complications on reddit, everydayhealth and this helps me solve all my doubts regarding her health. I am looking at advice from parents who have some special guidelines or diets that can help ease her flare.

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