Being Proactive with Crohn's

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My husband, Mike, has dealt with Crohn's disease for more than 30 years. After three surgeries, countless nights in the hospital and dozens of treatments, we've learned a few things. We've learned that doctors aren't perfect. We've learned that no one is more of an expert on you than yourself. And we've learned that surrounding yourself with the support you need (and learning how to find that support in the first place) is the best thing you can do.

Doctors Are People, Too

Once Mike received his Crohn's diagnosis, he was really good about researching the disease and the different treatments available. But he focused most on finding the best doctors. Eventually, we found a phenomenal gastroenterologist, who's largely to credit for Mike's positive transformation. One of this doctor's best qualities is that he encourages Mike to seek second opinions. He'd say, "I need some fresh eyes on this - go see one of my colleagues." That's when you know you have a great doctor. It's not about his or her ego; it's about the health of the patient.

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that injures the intestines. People with Crohn's discuss living with the disease.

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