I think parents sometimes stay in denial even longer than we do. They see you suffering and they can't do anything about
it. As parents, they feel it is their responsibility to make things better for you, but they can't do that now. Sometimes the only way they can deal with it is by minimizing it in their own minds.
In addition to educating them, you might want to watch really carefully for them to do any little thing that is positive or helpful, then make a point of telling them how much it helps you when they...whatever. That may help them learn what they can do without feeling like their child is telling them what to do.
This D disease is awful for everyone it touches. Hugs for all of you.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade. Completely off steroids for more than a year now! In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
Now tapering Azathioprine, please pray for me.
"If you spend your time second-guessing your past decisions, you'll never have time to enjoy today."