Being a teenager is hard enough without having to deal with the challenges of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Both the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and the side-effects of many of the treatments, seem designed to cause maximum embarrasment and disruption to every aspect of your life.
Weight loss, fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, surgical scarring, extended hospital stays, delayed puberty and/or corticosteroid puffiness… it is no wonder that many young people with IBD feel isolated, frustrated, stressed, anxious and/or depressed.
It’s important to realise you are not alone.
Meeting others who are going through similar challenges, learning more about the illness and taking a proactive interest in your treatment can make a big difference in your life.
RESOURCES AND SERVICES
CCNZ has a range of resources and services that can help you including:
- A Teenagers Guide to living with IBD.
- Living with IBD Handbook.
- An open Facebook group Crohn's and Colitis NZ.
- IBD Helpline: 0800 ASK IBD
- Transitioning to Adult Care
- CCNZ Camp, 'Camp Purple Live', for children and teens living with IBD
- Local Support Groups
- And much more!