Resources to help you live well with Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease exacts a physical and emotional toll that can reduce your quality of life. Fortunately, a variety of organizations and support groups exist to help you cope with the challenges that come with Crohn's disease.

Members of Crohn's disease organizations and support groups can help by sharing their knowledge of the latest medical treatments and alternative therapies, by discussing how they've dealt with challenges similar to those you face, and by simply reassuring you that they understand what you're going through.

Support groups

Perhaps the largest and most well-known Crohn's disease organization in the United States, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) staffs and supports more than 40 support groups across the country. To find your local CCFA chapter, go to www.ccfa.org/chapters or call 888-MY-GUT-PAIN (888-694-8872).

If you prefer to interact with people online, you can join the Crohn's & Colitis Community, where the CCFA provides access to a variety of discussion forums, personal stories, and a panel of experts who can answer questions on many topics related to Crohn's disease. Visit this online community at www.ccfacommunity.org.

Other support groups to consider include:

  • My Crohn's and Colitis Team is a social networking site designed to bring people living with Crohn's disease together. Join them at www.mycrohnsandcolitisteam.com.
  • Crohn's Forum is an online support group and forum. Check them out at www.crohnsforum.com.
  • Crohn's Zone is another online support community. Go to www.crohnszone.org to participate.
  • UC and Crohn's is a website for children and teenagers with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Learn more at www.ucandcrohns.org.
  • IBD U is another website for older teens and young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's. Visit them at www.ibdu.org.
Aug. 13, 2014 See more In-depth