For patients that have dealt with more than a couple serious flares, we all know the true crime of IBD: Theft. There is so much that Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis can take from you because theft knows no bounds.
It can take your income; it can take your housing; it can steal relationships
It seems endless what you can stand to lose, even when you think you’ve lost it all. Like a thief in the night, the worst part of losing something to IBD is never knowing when it could happen. You can lose your health overnight, which leads to all sorts of outcomes.
It can take your plans for graduation and put a hold on many things that will further your career, your lifelong goals, and your “life plan.” It can take a great plan after graduation and turn it into a 10-year program instead of a 4-year program because surgeries and complications get in the way. Soon the hospital becomes the new “home” you find yourself in and out of, during the most stressful times in your lives.
It can take the most meaningful relationships you’ve ever had and make it look like those friends never really were.. It can slowly take your social life away from you piece by piece until you’re left with what feels like no support.
It can take your self-esteem…
Read the full article here: The Ulimate Crime of IBD: Theft