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15 Resolutions for Better Managing Your IBD This Year

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. These chronic illnesses, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,¬†often come with symptoms like irregular bowel movement, fatigue and abdominal pain. IBD management can be challenging, and flare-ups have a tendency to unpredictably disrupt a person’s life.¬†Still, people with IBD work every day to manage their condition.

The Mighty teamed up with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to ask people what¬†resolutions¬†they’re making to better manage their IBD in the new year.

Here’s what they said:

1. “My only¬†resolution is to get as healthy as I can.” —¬†Sharon Maiman Rosenberg

"My only resolution is to get as healthy as I can." -- Sharon Maiman Rosenberg
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2. [To meditate and journal] to reduce and control stress, exercise and [take]¬†my vitamins every day… I am mindful that at any point my condition can change so I am doing as much as I can now.” – Tanya Whitner

3.¬†“To speak up more with my doctors and push to get the things I need. To not be afraid if I disagree or to point out things that just don’t work. I went along with my previous doctor and believe I suffered way longer than necessary.” — Julianna Cleveland

"To speak up more with my doctors and push to get the things I need." -- Julianna Cleveland
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4.¬†“To believe in myself and my life.” — Ella Hinton

5.¬†“We are praying for remission in the new year.” —¬†patriciabhood¬†on Instagram

6.¬†“To learn as much as I can about my disease.” — Mo Leisdon

"To learn as much as I can about my disease." -- Mo Leisdon
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7.¬†“To continue practicing personal development [and] mindfulness practices.” — Rachel Kling

8.¬†“To be more mindful about what I eat, start a vitamin regimen and start gentle yoga.” —¬†Lisa Brockway Middleton

9.¬†“To pace myself when not feeling well.” — Nancy McConnell Johnson

10.¬†“To¬†try to be tranquil.” — Olga Pereda

11.¬†“To¬†listen to my body.” — Teresa Zale

 "To listen to my body." -- Teresa Zale
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12.¬†“To feel better.” — Jenny Jean Philippe

13.¬†“My resolutions are to watch what I eat and get in better shape. As much as I love certain foods, I know which ones trigger me, and it’s time to put my foot down and not cheat. Also, I know I’m coming up on needing surgery, so getting in good shape and strengthening my abdominal muscles for an easy recovery is a huge priority.” — Alison Lynn Sarver

14.¬†“[To] work hard to further #ibdawareness, and find something to be thankful for each day.” —¬†Colitis Ninja

15.¬†“To continue to focus on what I can do, not on what I can’t.” —¬†Kenzie IBD

"To continue to focus on what I can do, not on what I can't." -- Kenzie IBD
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Images courtesy of Thinkstock.

Editor’s note:¬†This story represents individuals’¬†experiences and should not be considered medical advice.

*Some responses have been edited and shortened for brevity.