We all know having IBD is extremely EXTREMELY hard and stressful to deal with, and adding other stressors to our lives make it worse. Well college is a BIG stressor for myself and I know for a lot of other college students with IBD. Even a person without IBD going to college is a very stressful thing. For a lot of students it’s leaving home for the first time and being out on your own, and then trying to make new friends and going out and trying to make new friends, and then classes and tests. It’s a very big thing to deal with for any person, and for those of us with IBD it just makes us more anxious and stressed. So, for those of you about to start college or even in college and still looking for some guidance I am going to try and give you some tips to hopefully help attending college a little less stressful on you. I was diagnosed a month into my very first semester of college and hospitalized 8 days in 2009 and then hospitalized 8 times during my college years so far and i had no idea what steps to take or do to try and protect my attending school and grades.
If you are new to the school campus I would suggest doing a walkthrough of all the buildings and places on campus to find out where the bathrooms are located, so that in those moments of urgency you automatically know where the closest restroom is. Being aware of little things like this will help you not feel so anxious walking from place to place waiting for your stomach to mess up. Even in classrooms if you can sit close to the door so that if you need to urgently go to the restroom you are already by the door and you can ease out and go straight to the restroom.