8 Things Not to Say to Someone With Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

1. “You Don’t Look Sick”

You may think you’re serving out a compliment by saying this, but think twice before it slips. The person in front of you may have used every last ounce of energy they had to take a shower, get dressed and walk out the door. They could be feeling extremely sick, and putting on a brave face.

2. “I Know What You’re Going Through”

When someone is letting you in on some of their daily struggles with IBD, it’s best to just listen. Telling your friend about how bloated you get after eating ice cream, or how you often wake up with an upset stomach probably won’t make him or her feel any better. Even having irritable bowel syndrome is different from Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

3. “You’re So Skinny! You Look Great!”

Whether its an infomercial on how to loose weight fast, a new diet fad, a tummy wrap, or magic pills, Americans today are fixated on weight. If you notice that someone lost weight, that may be the first thing out of your mouth. But weight loss in someone suffering from IBD can also mean saggy skin and a pale complexion. Just because you think someone looks better from losing weight, it doesn’t mean that person feels better.
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