Going out in public places

For your comfort and peace of mind, it helps to plan your itinerary before you leave home. Thinking ahead, such as finding out where the bathrooms are in restaurants, shopping areas or on a trip, becomes second nature for many people with Crohn's disease.

Whenever I go out in public, I make sure I find the public restrooms right away in case I need to run. The Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis Foundation of America has given me a card that explains my medical condition so that I can cut a long line in the bathroom if necessary. Aimee

Try to be matter-of-fact about your needs. Most people will want to help if they can. Many organisations worldwide issue 'Can't Wait' cards for people who need to use the bathroom frequently due to their illness. You can show this to make it easier for people to understand your needs rapidly.