Friday, 1 December 2017

The Fourth Rule Of Crohns Disease

Last time I said that rules three and four are not to worry if short term pleasures make you feel low and that true progress takes time, respectively.  The latter really does take time and effort and this may make you seem strange to others when you say, “No, I can’t have anything orange or red for the next few months, sorry.” But that leads nicely to the next rule:

Rule 4: Bowel problems are going to affect you in ways you didn’t expect.
Some rules in my series are choices, this rule is however unavoidable and the sooner you accept it, the sooner you can do something about it!

People will not always recognise that your constant changes in diet, energy and temperament are not capriciousness but actually a response to you wanting to become more stable. You may feel ostracised. You may actually be ostracised.  Accept this might happen to you and you can then defeat it.  There is no easy answer but there are ways to help including: making it a schedule that you inform others of your diet ahead of parties; getting comfortable asking whoever is cooking to check the ingredients; let people know when the pain is roaring in your ears. This is a really tricky rule to deal with and if you manage it, please let me know as I would love some tips for myself!