At the parents’ request, ImproveCareNow patients co-authored a list of What We Wish Our Parents Knew navigating IBD through our teenage years.
Having your body at the center of ongoing medical scrutiny is not the ideal situation in which to develop an individual and autonomous body image.
As healthcare providers, we want our young adults to successfully navigate the health care system as independent individuals. The process of transitioning from pediatric to adult-centered health care should be seamless, and should occur when the adolescent or young adult is in a stable place, both physically and emotionally.
Preparing for college testing during high school may take some extra planning. If you have a 504 plan, you still need to apply for accommodations. Test requirements vary, so make sure you have detailed information about accommodations for the test, restroom access, food /drink availability and more.