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How to Talk to Your Friends About Your Ulcerative Colitis

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Talking to friends.
Jackie Zimmerman

Signs reading "Too Much Information"
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Sharing about UC: Keep it high level at first


focus on the facts concept, magnifying glass in front of "FACTS"
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Give friends the facts about UC


Friends hugging
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Treat close friends like family


Talking with friends.
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Don't be afraid to state the obvious about UC


Comforting friend.
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Be honest about your emotions


Holding friends hand
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Learn to be vulnerable with others


Comforting hands
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Ask for help when you need it


Joking with friends
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Encourage questions


Group of close friends.
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Try not to let negative reactions get to you


Jackie Zimmerman

Jackie Zimmerman

@JackieZimm

Jackie Zimmerman is a multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis patient and the founder of Girls With Guts. Since diagnosis, she has blogged her IBD journey at Blood, Poop, and Tears. Jackie has worked hard to become a strong voice in the patient advocacy community. In her free time (what free time?!) she spends time with her two rescue pups, her husband Adam and plays roller derby. She’s online @JackieZimm.