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Conquering College: Week Two

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

by Kimberley Gevint LCSW-R

Welcome to our six-week, six part series on Tips for Conquering College. Our Resilience Team has thought of some of the key things that can help you make the transition from home to college, not only successfully, but with an extraordinary sense of empowerment. Check out the Week Two Tip below , and Tip One can found HERE. If you haven't joined our mailing list, now is the time. And if you have a few extra moments, take our free assessment so that you can jump into the Trellus Method and start to thrive.

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Week 2

The benefits of telling friends and roommates about your IBD

You may have heard that IBD is sometimes called an invisible illness. This is because a person may seem perfectly fine on the outside even when they are suffering from symptoms. 

Having support is important when you are not feeling your best.

Disclosing your IBD to others is your choice. You can choose who to tell, when you want to tell them, and how much you want to disclose. Here are some benefits of being able to explain your disease to others include:

Assistance during any emergencies. Having social support from those who know about your IBD can help in case of any medical emergency.

Erasing the stigma. Many people may not know what IBD is or how it affects people. They may even hold many misconceptions due to their lack of knowledge, so explaining your disease can help expel myths about IBD.

Getting accommodations. It may be necessary to disclose your IBD to get appropriate accommodations for work or school.

Navigating social situations. Whether it is letting others know you cannot make an event, reluctant to try a new food, or that you need access to the restrooms, sometimes providing some context can help others be more understanding.

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