You can look for the best colitis support group by checking sites online which list various groups, or by speaking with your doctor. Online directories will generally list both face-to-face groups and online forum-based options. If there are no groups in your area, and you wish to have in-person interaction with others, you can start your own group.
Online lists are probably the most comprehensive places you may find a colitis support group. These lists can be found using an online search engine; support groups will be listed in various categories and you can search based on both location and type of group. Finding a colitis support group may not be as easy to find as some types of medical support groups, since they are not as widespread. This may change as the condition becomes more widely known.
If you can’t find a local colitis support group, there are additional options. You may decide to start your own group by advertising in the local paper or online classified ads. If you go this route, be sure you are meeting in a public place for the first few meetings until you get to know the other members of the group to help ensure your safety. Once all members know one another and the group becomes more widely known, you and other members can host meetings in your homes if you so choose.
You can also find a colitis support group online in the form of a social networking site or forum. This is a place where members can write in problems, concerns, fears, and other issues and other members can respond. Although this option lacks the face to face aspect of other meetings, it has many key benefits local meetings may not have.
Instead of being limited to the opinions of a few local people, online forums often have hundreds or thousands of members who provide input. It also offers a level of anonymity since you won’t have to allow others to see your picture or know your real name. This can make discussing the often embarrassing symptoms of colitis a lot easier. Online groups are also available all day, everyday. With in-person groups, there are generally set places and times to meet, while online groups are available with the click of a mouse.
The most important thing for you to consider when choosing a colitis support group, is your own level of comfort. Members of your group should be people you can relate to and who make you feel comfortable with them. It is important to openly discuss your problems and symptoms related to your condition in order to get accurate and helpful feedback. Keep trying various groups until you find he ideal fit for you and your lifestyle.