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What You Need To Know First
"Excuse me? You say there are POSITIVE things about having UC or Crohn's? Uh...I don't THINK so."
But yes! Once the drama of being diagnosed is over and you've settled into life with your disease, a funny thing might happen: you might actually find some good in the situation. And once you do that, recognizing the upside of IBD can really help you cope with the day-to-day in's and out's of your illness.
This upside can be a little different for everyone, but here are some of the "silver linings" that other young people have found. How many can you relate to?
Growing Up, Growing Wiser
Many young people say that overcoming the challenges of chronic disease has given them:
When it comes to family and friends, your disease has probably rocked the boat more than a few times. But you might find that in the end, the experience of dealing with your IBD together has brought you closer to the important people in your life. Maybe your parents can drive you nuts, but when you look back, you're glad for all the intense "quality time" you've had together during doctor's visits and procedures, or in the hospital. And while it's true that sometimes friends drift away, most people say they're amazed at the show of love from their peers. Yay for love!
Here are some other surprise benefits that some young people say they've gotten out of their IBD experience: