From the day a person is diagnosed with a disease, that person is going to change. No matter what a persons mindset, outlook and more changes about the world. You live your life day by day, then all of a sudden things change but not in a small. From that day forward you know things aren’t going to be the same, its important to try your best to still be the person you’re and hopefully only allow the disease to change you in a positive way.
Recently, I’ve noticed how my Crohn’s disease has changed me in a very big way. Of course some changes are obvious such as my career choice, how I handle adversity most of the time with a smile and that I’m a glass half full kind of guy. The largest change of all that I noticed is that I’m open about everything now. When it comes to my life their isn’t much that I don’t mind sharing. I think this is mostly because of my IBD.
My theory is that once a person takes down there guard and talks about their Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis what else is their to hide, at that point you probably will feel comfortable talking about most topics. If you can talk about the symptoms that go along with an IBD such as pain, fatigue and especially the bowel movements, you can talk about anything. I now talk about food that I don’t digest well and how they go straight through me, if I can discuss that what can’t I discuss.
When I look at my life now I see this as a good thing, because now when I have to talk about something chances are that I will express how I feel and share whats going on. It can be on any topic from what I can and can’t eat, to being open in a relationship. I have no reason why I can’t share my feelings or whats going on about pretty much anything.
This is a good thing in most cases because I don’t have to regret not sharing something thats on my mind or let something eat me up inside for an extended period of time. Being passive aggressive usually doesn’t help many situations and I believe that I’m not due to the openness my IBD has given me. At times I maybe share to much, but I think that is something I can deal with.
My Crohn’s has changed me in many ways, but this is the biggest way that I’ve noticed. Due to the fact that I don’t hesitate when it comes to talking about my disease anymore, I don’t believe I hesitate about talking about others things as well. Being open makes life a little easier. Your IBD will change you, but you have to find the good things that come from that change to help feel positive about your disease.
Never Stay Quiet!