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How do I tell my friends and family about my Crohn's disease?

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Explain your Crohn's disease to those close to you in a matter-of-fact way. Let them know it can cause attacks of pain and diarrhea. This will help them understand why you often need to use the bathroom or may not feel up to socializing. When people know what you're going through, you can turn to them for support and reassurance.

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

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