It can be really hard at first to tell people around you what is going on. It is totally normal to feel embarrassed about
it, it is a very ackward thing. I let myself go 6 months without really telling anyone that something was wrong with me becuase i was embarrassed and then i ended up in the hospital and was fainting all the time... but any way. I was dx a year and a half ago, when i was a sophmore in college. And i couldn't tell people what it was for a long time, i just said the basics and left it at that. i found that once i started getting more comfertable with it i could say alot more and joke about
it. I think that saying things as jokes really helps. Right now i am just coming out of a flare and i was put on a very strict diet (very hard to do in college) people would ask me what would happen if i ate things i wasn't suppose to or drank and i just replied "bloody diareia." and that shut people up. But it also really helped becuase then i found people were much more understanding and helpful. I relize at 13 that could be a very hard thing to see. But like everyone else has said just tell the people you feel comfertable with, and you may even find other people around that have it as well. I know there are moms on here whos children have UC so i hope that maybe one of them will see this and let you know how their children deal with it. Just know that other people are in your same situation and its not just hard as a 13 year old.... but it will get easier. I know that is hard to see, i hated hearing people say that, but just do what you can and those that are your true friends will always be there. (and you will go though life and keep some old friends and make new even better firends)
I am sorry to hear that you are going though this, i can not imagen it. keep your head high, you must be really tough!
age 20, diagnosed december 2006
meds: Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3x a day; 6-mp 75 mg; iron supplament; one-a-day; protonix; prednisone 15mg (tapper, down from 40mg started 1/1/08)
low residue diet
Remicade????-- if i can't get off of the pred.