• Why me?

    When children (and adults) have an illness that lasts for a long time they can sometimes get very fed up and wonder what they have done to deserve this. The fact is that they haven’t done anything at all and it is not a punishment.

    Lots of children have illnesses. Some disabilities can be seen very easily like children who cannot walk properly but for others, like you with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, it is sometimes harder because people can’t always see anything wrong with you and maybe think that you are just making a fuss for nothing. This can be very hurtful but these people really don’t understand just how you are feeling

    At times you may feel very angry and fed up with everything but this will pass when you are feeling better and you can do all the things that your friends are doing. If you are feeling very upset do tell your parents, carers or doctor just how you feel. You don’t have to worry about getting the right words just say whatever comes into your head – they will understand and you will probably feel a whole lot better.

    When you have Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis the main thing to remember is that although it may become part of your life it doesn’t have to control it. When you are well it is important that you don’t keep thinking of your illness or whether it will come back. When you are well you are just the same as other children and should be able to do all the normal things. If there is anything that you are not allowed to do your doctor will have told you about this.