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 embarrassment 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. CCA has a range of resources and services that can help you including:
- Youth Camps
- Youth Empowerment Program (YEP!)
- Kids’ Fun Day
- Information for kids and teens on Crohn’s & Colitis Hub
- A range of informative literature, including the e-Book Students with IBD
- IBD Helpline – 1800 138 029
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