While it might have come as a bit of a shock to discover that you have IBD, over time it won’t always occupy top spot on your mind. And it won’t rule your life if you don’t let it!
Studies have shown that people who join patient support groups, such as Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, benefit both emotionally and physiologically.
By joining CCA, you are taking the first step in becoming a proactive participant in normalising you life.
As a member of CCA you are part of a caring community, with access to people who can answer questions about IBD and how to live more comfortably with it. You also have the opportunity to meet with others who are going through the same challenges and have overcome many of them.
Read more about CCA member benefits here.
Read, watch and listen to stories of how our members have overcome the challenges of living with a chronic illness and achieved success in their live.
IBD is often thought of as a “young person’s disease” because its onset is typically between the ages of 15 and 35, although it can certainly be diagnosed at a younger age.
In the workplace
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia have developed two booklets specifically designed to address concerns about IBD in the workplace, from both the employer and employee perspectives.
Diet and food allergies do not cause IBD, and long-term special diets are not effective in treating IBD. However, adjusting your diet can help manage some of your symptoms, and can help IBD medications work better.
If you are a smoker, the good news is that giving up smoking is as good as taking medicine to stop it from coming back. Quitters have a 65% lower risk of flare-up than continuing smokers. That is the kind of benefit conferred by drugs like Imuran.
IBD & Fertility
Most people with IBD are able to have children and raise a family although there can be a few additional challenges.
Finding a toilet
Toilet access is a major concern for anyone with inflammatory bowel disease. We have a range of resources to help you find a toilet when you need it.
Whether you’re going on a short trip or you’re off on that dream holiday, travelling with the unpredictability of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can present special challenges. By planning ahead and knowing how to reduce the chances of encountering problems, you can enjoy your holiday to its fullest extent.
Advice for travellers that are visiting Australia from overseas including information on Reciprocal Health Care Agreements between Australia and other countries.
IBD Toolkit (Members Only)
Exclusively available to members, The Inside Story: A Toolkit for Living Well with IBD is a comprehensive resource on issues that can affect people living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.