Whether we like it or not, IBD isn't exactly a common condition. But, there are plenty of ways to connect to people with the same disease as you, and you'll meet some really awesome people along the way. It's really consoling and fortifying to be able to talk and bond with someone going through your struggle and to hear their stories. Last week, I went to Camp Oasis (a camp funded by the CCFA) as a counselor-in-training in Winder, Georgia. At first, I was skeptical, because I wanted to be a "normal kid" and go to a normal camp. I was wrong, however. One of the really awesome things about camp was that I forgot that it's a camp for kids with IBD. The idea of it is to have a nice escape from IBD for a week, and that's exactly what you get to do. I made a lot of great new friends and I really valued being able to spend that time bonding wth people that are in my shoes. And, since the camp is only IBD kids, if you have a special diet, they help out a TON with that ;). Of course, there are other ways to get involved with the IBD community near you and around the world. For example, the CCFA also holds a fundraising walk for IBD called Take Steps. They hold these all around the U.S. Through the CCFA website, you can find one close to you. If you do some digging, you'll find a ton of ways to get involved with IBD support. There are so many facebook groups, internet networks, and speaking/fundraising events to raise awareness about IBD. I even had the privilege of speaking on a panel at Nemour's in Orlando about my experience with IBD, and I got to meet Dr. David Suskind, a pioneer among the SCD movement! Remember, YOU are a part of the effort to raise awareness. Take advantage and have fun with it.