It may not be a bad idea to go to a therapist to talk about
your feelings. It can turn into a difficult situation if you don't face it head on. Having a chronic illness can put a damper on life, and on everyday activities. it's hard when you're suffering with symptoms of Crohn's, and it's stressful wondering when it's going to rear it's head in the future. There's no way around it.
Taking care of yourself isn't necessarily "not fun" but living with active IBD is. The word severe, in my mind, implies future surgeries, steroids (and the side effects that go along with them), hospitalizations (the expense, time, sometimes the inability to work the career you desire), the potential for both manageable, and unmanageable, ups and downs in health and many emotional challenges over the years. It's not so simple as "eat well, stop smoking & get better". You can do those things, and sure, it's better for your long-term health, but it may not be of any impact if you're suffering with debilitating symptoms right now. Living with chronic illness is not an easy way to live - but no one chose it... The thought of having children is with an illness can be stressful. You think about
; will you be well enough to care for them? will you be able to be present for their developmental milestones? will they develop IBD (much higher probability when a parent has IBD)? how would you handle that if it happened? how will pregnancy affect your IBD? will the drugs impact the baby?
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From Sickly to UC Free
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish
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