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  1. Profile photo of Colitis Ninja Colitis Ninja moderator says:

    _This is a very difficult _question to answer. The short answer is, if someone isn’t going to understand your disease, you can’t make them. But there are ways to help you explain it. There are many, many, many blogs out there who can be your voice. I would encourage you to share those blog posts with your family and friends. Talk openly about your disease and how it affects you. Be raw, honest and real with them. Point them to the CCFA. CCFA has a plethora of resources not only for patients, but for caregivers also. Have some of your friends with Crohn’s or UC over to help validate your problems. If you aren’t comfortable talking with your family, write them an email or a letter. Tell them exactly how you feel and what your body does to you. The best way to help explain IBD to someone is to do your research, understand your disease and then explain it to them. As I said in the beginning, if someone isn’t going to understand your disease, you can’t make them. The best thing you can do is try to educate them. You may never make them understand, but you can always find support!

  2. Give them food posioning or gastro and say, here you go. This is me 24/7 ;P

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