Michael a patient with Crohn’s Disease

“I didn’t really understand about Crohn’s disease at first.  Then one day I asked my mom, “When will my Crohn’s go away?” When I found out it will stay forever, I cried.

It helps that my mom tells my teacher at the beginning of the year that I have Crohn’s disease, in case I need to go to the bathroom a lot.  And my doctor gave us some papers that explain Crohn’s disease, so we can give them to my teachers. So I think this helps them understand me better.

If you want to know one thing to help a kid like me with Crohn’s disease, it’s not to give them a hard time if they’re picky about food.  Lots of foods hurt my stomach, so I don’t like to try new things.  I don’t mean to be picky or rude. Once I had a sleepover and in the morning my friend’s dad wanted me to try his omelets and has browns, and I was embarrassed because I didn’t want to.  But I also didn’t want to hurt his feelings. But then my friend’s mom told his dad that I have Crohn’s and lots of foods hurt my stomach.  Then he understood and he didn’t keep asking.  So I would say, if you’re a mom or a kid, make sure people know about your disease.

Now I’ve learned to live with Crohn’s disease.  It helps to go to the support group for kids with Crohn’s and colitis because I have fun there with kids like me.  It helps that I’m not the only one.  I know that I’m not alone

Michael age 8

Michael is treated at an ImproveCareNow center.

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