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10 Ways You Can Support Your Loved One With Ulcerative Colitis

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Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas

Woman reading a disappointing text message.
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Don't Get Upset Every Time That They Cancel Plans


Couple visiting a doctor together.
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Offer to Help Take Them to Any Procedures or Appointments


Men watching a movie on the couch.
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Plan a Night In


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Send Them Notes of Encouragement When They Least Expect It


Listening to a friend.
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Listen and Be Present


Couple folding laundry together.
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Help Them With Any Chores or Errands


Holding a loved one's hands.
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Be Understanding When You Can


Mother comforting her daughter.
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Remind Them That They're Not a Burden


Friends cooking together.
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Ask About Their Dietary Restrictions and Help Accommodate Them


Father and son hugging.
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Ask Them What Kind of Support They Need


Mandy Patterson

Mandy Patterson

Mandy is a patient expert and advocate for ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She started down the road to advocacy after receiving an ulcerative colitis diagnosis in 2013, after experiencing complications of UC since 2010.

She’s a full-time technical writer and technical writing instructor for Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional writing. For her master’s thesis she wrote about the quality patient education materials for those diagnosed with UC, and the need for technical writers in the IBD medical field.

Mandy is a Social Ambassador for the IBD HealthCentral Facebook page.