The Bottom Line
- Author is an IBD patient and school psychologist with significant experience with young people
- Offers tools and tips for dealing with the emotional side of IBD
- Young adults especially can learn from both Dr. Helems's mistakes and successes
- “Techniques and Strategies” section could be expanded
- A straightforward, plain-language look at life with IBD.
- Dr. Helems offers advice and tools to help deal with the stress of living wtih IBD.
- The focus of the book is emotions and stress--medical treatment is left to other sources.
Guide Review - Check Your Pride at the Door
“Check Your Pride at the Door” refers to the embarrassment that people with IBD must face when dealing with diagnostic testing and treatment by health professionals, as well as with the people in their everyday life. Like Dr. Helems, many IBDers are diagnosed in their teen years, which adds an extra layer of humiliation to a situation that most adults find difficult to deal with.
Dr. Helems has written his very personal story of his diagnosis with Crohn’s disease (after an initial misdiagnosis of ulcerative colitis) and his subsequent struggles with his health through his teens and into young adulthood. Dr. Helems is typical of many of us: He describes how he had a poor diet, often did not follow doctor’s orders, and generally kept his disease to himself out of embarrassment. After living through several setbacks with his disease, Dr. Helems has come out the other side with advice that all of us can use in our everyday lives.