Speak to family and friends – being open about your problems can help them understand
Explain that plans may need to be cancelled last minute. Not everyone will always be understanding, but it is important that you prioritise your health. You should not feel guilty if you need to leave early or even not attend at all
Your friends may have questions that seem strange, but accept that people without IBD don’t know much about it
They might also make silly suggestions, or tell you things you already know. Remember that they are trying to help, so simply explain that you are managing your condition and that you understand what works best for you
Last updated November 2, 2022 — EM-113255 - November 2022
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