How to support someone with IBD

Caregivers play a huge role in the lives of IBD patients. So, what and who exactly is a caregiver? According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, a caregiver can be any relative, partner, friend, neighbor, or other individual who provides care to someone with a chronic condition, like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. 

As a caregiver myself, I understand firsthand just how important of a role caregivers play in the lives of their loved ones. Caregivers can come in the form of parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, friends, coworkers, and more. And each person plays a major role in the lives of patients. Caregivers can provide tangible support, emotional support, and informational support to their loved ones.

Jake & Amanda

In 2017, professional baseball pitcher and ulcerative colitis patient Jake Diekman underwent three surgeries to remove his colon and create an internal j-pouch. Amanda was right by his side, as his number one nurse and supporter through his recovery:

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Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week: Jake & Amanda UC patient and professional baseball pitcher Jake Diekman and his wife Amanda discuss how they support each other through the mental and physical challenges of IBD.

Mikayla and her mom

For pediatric patient Mikayla, her mom Leah has been essential in helping her understand her disease and finding ways to manage her anxiety:

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Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week: Leah & Mikayla Leah and Mikayla discuss what it was like being diagnosed with IBD as a kid, how her mom supports her, and what advice they have for other pediatric patients.

Caneka and her mom

Caneka has had Crohn's disease for 19 year and her mom has been by her side through every step of her journey. Her mom says that Caneka's illness has brought them closer together:

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Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week: Caneka & her mom IBD patient Caneka and her mom discuss how IBD has affected them and what advice they have for other patients.


If you care about someone with IBD, we hope that these perspectives have highlighted how important support is throughout every patient's IBD journey. You can learn more about IBD support and resources available through the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation here

This blog post is supported, in part, by Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week sponsorships from Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.