This is a tough topic to blog about, so it’s making me a little nervous. But it’s important. So here goes.
I was in a chat room yesterday that focuses on Crohn’s, and a woman there said her husband’s been so sick he’s been talking about suicide.
Now, I don’t know this woman and likely never will. She lives hundreds of miles from me. But I have been thinking about her constantly – no one should ever have to go through this.
Depression is common among people with Crohn’s, or so I’ve been told. They say it’s because many of your happy cells live in your gut, and when your intestines aren’t functioning properly it inherently causes problems with your mood. But beyond that, if you are so sick that you just can’t live your life anymore, it will make it seem as though life isn’t worth living.
I don’t have an answer for this woman. I wish that I did. But that’s why I wanted to write about her and her husband. What is out there for them? How can they get help? They live in a rural community too far from support groups; I think that’s why she was coming online for support. How can this family get the help they need?