There are hundreds of disorders and diseases that are laughed at by people who are ignorant or naive. I think GI disorders in general are the most maligned but that's my bias. I had the opposite problem as you, chronic diarrhea. You wouldn't believe how many stupid women felt that I was "lucky" to have chronic diarrhea as it kept me underweight! Stupid, stupid, stupid. All those idiots who made light of my illness are no longer my friends. I don't have the time or patience to deal with people who are not supportive of me. I suggest you distance yourself too.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free