What is IBD?

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease, which is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that cause chronic inflammation of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

You may feel concerned, overwhelmed, or sad after you or your loved are diagnosed with IBD. That is normal. You may also have many questions about your illness and what your life will be like. Learning all you can about how inflammatory bowel disease affects your body and how you can manage your symptoms is a great first step.

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IBD Resources

IBD affects your entire life, not just your GI tract. We can help you become more comfortable with your diagnosis so that you feel empowered and hopeful about the future.


Education & Support for Patients with IBD...

Document on the Patient Brochures page under IBD information


Living with Ulcerative Colitis...

A brochure to help patients and their caregivers learn about how to manage ulcerative colitis.


Living with Crohn's Disease...

A brochure to help patients and their caregivers learn about how to manage Crohn’s disease.


Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis: A Guide for Parents...

A brochure to help parents understand how your child can learn to live with IBD.