"However, she either doesn't believe that I am in terrible pain on a daily basis, or she's in denial that her "baby" is sick."
Hey Kelly, boy, do I know where you're coming from with that thought about your mom!!! I have the same problem and I was diagnosed over 12 years ago with Crohn's disease. Denial from your parents is tough when you have a chronic illness... and as you've already discovered, it can make it much harder for you to manage your illness because you're dealing with the anxiety caused by their denial. They just want things to be normal and they can't accept that the child they brought into the world isn't perfect and, in adulthood, does still need them to get through a tough time. I remember vividly hearing my mom say things like "I don't know what I did to cause this" or "I don't know what I did to deserve this" after I was diagnosed... as though there just had to be something that she did that caused me to have Crohn's, and that somehow she should have seen it coming and prevented it. In my case, and maybe in yours, it would certainly have helped if she'd been less anxious herself when I was growing up and not had such excessive expectations and such an unpredictable way of reacting to things when they went wrong.
I'm glad that you found this forum and hope we can help each other with coping with our illnesses and our parents! Like you, I tend to talk it all out, but that's okay, it's just how we express ourselves. Hope to talk to you more here.
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission