I know it might be really vain talking about how prednisone and Crohn's has affected my appearance, but it's really been bothering me. I've gained about 15 pounds due to prednisone, my face is still bloated, and I always look and feel really tired (bags under my eyes, etc.). I moved across the country right after I was diagnosed with Crohn's, so no one here knows what I looked like before, except for some of my old high school/college friends. Anyway, one of my friends made a flippant comment about how our mutual high school friend asked how I looked and he replied by saying I looked "Crohnsy" and then proceeded to tell me that he didn't want to judge how I looked because of my medical problems. I knew I didn't look super great, but it was especially upsetting realizing that other people thought so, too. I'm finding it really depressing dealing with looking bad on top of feeling physically bad, especially because me and my boyfriend just broke up a couple of weeks ago and I'm going to want to start dating eventually. I just wondered how people deal with all of this. It's hard for me to exercise (even though I'm pushing myself), because I've had some really bad side effects of the prednisone/pred withdrawal, including muscle atrophy, so I can't regain my previous physique as quickly as I'd like. And, my diet is pretty restricted right now, being that I'm a vegetarian who isn't allowed to eat raw fruits, raw vegetables, or nuts. But, I guess I wondered how people emotionally handle all of this. I know I'll look and feel better eventually, but I don't know how to handle it right now. Thanks ahead of time for your replies.