We’re glad you’re here! But, have you considered joining a Crohn’s support group?
For many people, having Crohn’s can be an isolating and confusing. Your friends and loved ones may not understand what you are going through. Life with an invisible illness can be tough. Connecting with other people that understand can make it easier. Fortunately, if you are looking to find a Crohn’s support group, there are many options available.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). With more than 40 local chapters, the CCFA runs over 200 Crohn’s and colitis support groups across the entire country. And, their Power of 2 Program offers one-on-one support and guidance for people with Crohn’s. They also offer online support.
Ask your local hospital or health care provider. Often times your health care provider can point you towards a community leader that runs a Crohn’s support group. If you can’t find a Crohn’s-specific support group, there might be one for chronic conditions or other autoimmune conditions that might be worth trying out.
If you are unable to find a local Crohn’s support group or you are unavailable to attend one, there are several options for joining one online. Many even have mobile apps that let you keep your Crohn’s support group with you anywhere, anytime.
Karate Health (also available for iPhone and for Android) is an online community of people battling autoimmune conditions. (CrohnsCorner is owned by Karate Health). In addition to communities, Karate Health offers symptom tracking and medication management tools
PatientsLikeMe was one of the first “health social networks.” In fact, if you are battling more than Crohn’s, you can find people battling almost any condition on the site.
myCrohnsAndColitisTeam brands itself as the social network for people battling Crohn’s. While the site is for people looking for an Crohn’s support group, myHealthTeams has support groups for other conditions like Fibromyalgia and Lupus.