Well, my experiance, I got sick with it 18 yrs ago and had only heard the term once from an old high school friend I ran into and in passing she mentioned she had CD and I asked her what it was but like I said we were in passing (I think her more so than me cuz she was probably looking for the can at the mall to use) so all she got out was "it's a stomach disease", so then of course I was still unaware of what it really meant when she said that, then get this, about
6 months later I get sick with it myself, run into her again at a grocery store and I freaked her out when I told her I had it too cuz she was like "when I gave you that simple explanation of what it was you looked so confused" and I was like "ya, but I sure as heck know exactly what you meant now cuz I'm living it too". Bizzare eh.
Then I run into one other friend from high school and we started hanging out for quite a few yrs (cuz besides me and her being friends our hubbies were also friends) then we drifted apart (she got divorced) then we ran into each other a couple yrs after we had drifted and she tells me she has UC. My son plays alot of sports (started baseball at the age of 4) and I've definitely met with a lot of people that have either UC, CD or IBS over the yrs to recently even. so basically here and there over the yrs I've run into quite a few people that either have it themselves or has a relative or knows someone eles that has an IBD.
Part of it to is that maybe more people are getting checked for it when they start having the changes from basically being normal to getting sick (I think alot of people many yrs ago lived in denial or were too embarassed to even talk to their docs so they'd hide it as best they could from people). If there wasn't such a stupid stigma about
having to poop in our society I think the stats would show even more people with IBD then they currently show.
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)
Post Edited (pb4) : 4/19/2009 12:44:25 AM (GMT-6)