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How to Explain Your J-Pouch to Your Kids

Mother explaining a j-pouch to her young daughter.
    He looked me in the eye and said, “Tell [your son] the truth. Don’t act like he won’t understand. Normalize [your illness] by continuing to talk about it. I’ve seen your little one on Facetime, and he’s no fool. Kids get it more than adults do sometimes.”
    Brooke Abbott

    Brooke Abbott


    In 2008, Brooke was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Though it was mild at diagnosis, the disease rapidly advanced. In April 2012, Brooke was given a total colectomy after spending weeks in the hospital fighting a losing battle with her diseased colon. She was given an ostomy to help transition to living with an internal J-pouch. Now, her health continues to change for the better. Still, with no insurance, arthritis, and the inability to work as much as she could before, Brooke advocates for all those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

    Brooke is the creator of the Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles, where she blogs about motherhood and living with chronic illness, and IBDMoms on Twitter. As an advocate, she often represents the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Digestive Disease National Coalition on Capitol Hill. Brooke has written for many parenting and health websites, including the Right Start blog, Single Mom Planet, Mommybites, Everyday Health, and more. Currently she sits on advisory boards for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie, Pfizer & WEGO Health. Brooke has been featured in The Phoenix Ostomy Magazine, Everyday Health, Crohn’s & Colitis Effect Round Table, US Weekly, LifeScript, LA Parent, Ostomy Connection, Prevention Magazine, A Women’s Health, and more.

    Brooke lives in Los Angeles with her son and two dogs.