Hi! I hope you can convince your neice to join, HealingWell is such a great place. I was diagnosed when I was 14 years old and found this place a few years later and I really wish I had found it in the beginning! It has been an enormous amount of help and a source of great information and support.
As if being a teen isn't hard enough, being a teen with UC does seem almost impossible at times, for sure. You really find out who your true friends are. But let her know it's not the end of the world, not by a long shot. With a good GI she can find a medication plan that could do wonders, and she will start finding out what things she can tolerate and what things she cannot. She can still live a perfectly normal life, it might just be a little difficult right now until she gets her footing. And I know how terrifying the prospect of dating is, especially when the typical date is dinner and a movie and you're worrying whether you'll even make it through the first part. But a lot of times, when I'm out having a good time, I find that my stomach often behaves itself. And if I'm worried, I do some pre-emptive planning and down some Pepto and/or Immodium beforehand.
Anyway, support is definite crucial and will be so helpful in dealing with this disease. She should do as much research as she can to try to understand what she's going through, and talk to people even if they're not her age to get answers to any questions she might have. I hope we see her here soon! :)
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