Inflammatory bowel disease currently affects over 300,000 people in the U.K. alone.
It’s a pillar term used to describe Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The chances are if you are a sufferer of Inflammatory bowel disease you’ll have heard some of below….
Here are just a few things NOT to say to someone with inflammatory bowel disease:
- “Oh I know how you feel, my friend has ibs”
- “Have you tried aloe Vera juice?”
- “Do you think you should be working if you’re sick all the time? Someone might catch it!”
- “Ooh, wish I had that so I could lose some weight”
- “You can’t be that tired you’ve done nothing all day”
- “You should try just eating healthier it will cure you”
- “Have you tried herbal tablets? and oh i know how it feels i had the runs last week”
- “What? You need the toilet again?”
- “Why don’t you just have surgery it will be done and dusted then?”
- “You mean you have IBS?”
- “It’s all fake, it’s just a myth and an excuse”
- ” My friend had that and now they’re cured”
- “I had that once.. down to a dodgey chippy”
- “Are you better today?”
- “You dont really need go to the toilet that much, you just wanna skive “
- “Aren’t you too fat to have it??”
- “It’s all in your mind!”
- “Is it contagious?”
- “Here, you should try juice plus/Herbalife that will help with your bloating”
- “Should you be eating that?”
- “Good job it’s not life threatening”
- “At least it’s not cancer.”
Please think before you say ANY of these things to someone suffering with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.
We’re trying our best.