We know what it's like to have IBD in college - the good, the bad, the pretty, the ugly, and everything in between. Here at IBDU, we value all the experiences that you've had and appreciate your honesty and vulnerability, and we promise to do the same.
This is a core value that we hold very close to us. Invisible illnesses are no joke, and we know that oftentimes, we don't know the full story behind someone's words and actions. So while everyone deserves to be treated with respect at all times, we are trying to create a community built on empathy and mutual trust that encourages people to say what they feel without judgement.
We are an inclusive space that values all ideas, stories and experiences for those struggling with IBD. We value differences between us and are always trying to understand new perspectives. We will not tolerate or allow for any type of exclusion.
At the end of the day, all we are trying to do is our best and we ask that those who contribute to this platform do the same. We want to create real change - collective advocacy is part of our mission statement after all - and that requires people to put in as much effort as possible while making sure they are taking care of themselves.
An impossible solution has no perfect answer. As we all move forward it is important to approach ourselves with kindness and understanding. We are all doing the best we can and whatever that is, is enough.