Living With Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

Though living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC) can be unpredictable, making your health a top priority and advocating for yourself can help you manage everyday life with either disease.

And because Crohn’s and UC symptoms may change from day to day, you may be hesitant about planning too many events or wanting to leave home for long periods of time. However, proper treatment, careful planning, and a strong support system of friends, family members, and your healthcare team can make a difference in how well you manage your condition.

To help prepare to handle symptoms when you’re not at home, try carrying a Restroom Request Card, extra tissues, and your medication with you.

To learn about how to explain your disease to others, get travel tips, and more, explore this section with the buttons below. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and other resources offer even more tips and support for living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

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