School and College
School days can be very rewarding and enjoyable and you make lots of friends. but if you have Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis it can sometimes be very difficult to get through the school day without feeling very tired or sick or just not being able to concentrate. If you are at first school it will probably be easier because you may have one teacher for a lot of the time. When you go into the bigger school though it can become more difficult because you have many teachers and tutors and they may not always know of your problems.
One of the ways that you can help is by asking for some of the CICRA schools leaflets and giving them to all the teachers who actually teach you as well as the Year Head and the Secretary. You could also ask your teacher to give a copy to the prefects who may be looking after the class during breaks etc. This will help them to understand if you need to go to the toilet. If the school would sooner contact CICRA direct please refer them to the address and telephone number on the home page.
For older children It can be quite a worry when it comes to going on for further education as this may mean being away from home for the first time. It may be that due to missed schooling you have had to take an extra year to achieve this and perhaps have lost contact with some of your earlier friends. You will soon make new friends and it will be up to you who you tell about your condition but if you have a special friend you could tell them and if necessary ask that they don’t tell anybody else.
There is also the worry about becoming ill away from home. When you do move away you will have to register with a local doctor and it would be as well to tell the doctor of your past medical history so that should you be unwell he/she is aware of the problem. The college will also need to know of your condition.
Lastly it may help to take some of the CICRA leaflets, in particular the school leaflet, with you so that if you feel that you cannot or do not want to talk about your illness you can show these to friends or tutors. Good luck.