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Healthcare 101: Back to Basics



Your transition to adulthood and independence, whether that means full-time employment, college, or a combination of work and school, comes with more freedom...and that comes with more rights and more responsibility. What's the key to making sure your college or career experience is what you hoped for, and not taken over by your IBD? Thinking ahead and planning for the ups and downs of your IBD, so that whatever comes your way won't leave you unprepared. There are lots of responsibilities, but even more possibilities. The healthier you are, the more you can take advantage of all the exciting opportunities waiting for you.

You can make sure the next stage of your life is about much more than continuously responding to a series of medical crises. Here are some key themes that will help you make a successful transition:

  • Anticipate what you'll need for your treatments as well as what might be some barriers to completing your treatments
  • Educate yourself about your resources, and educate others about IBD
  • Access the appropriate resources and your medical team
  • Partner with your medical team and campus or work staff to close loopholes
  • Advocate for yourself with supervisors, managers or professors
  • Accountability for being in charge of your health care and choices
  • Privacy of your personal medical information, which is legally nobody's business but your own


Sometimes, going back to the basics is the best way to start -- no matter how long you've been managing your IBD. Let's look at Health Care 101.


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