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What Helps Hannah, 28, With Crohn's Disease

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With our ongoing “What Helps Me” series, The Mighty is leaning into what sets us apart from other health sites: We aim to provide real health advice from real people who live it.

In this spirit, we asked our community for the best insights and tips they’ve developed for managing their conditions. As always, they responded with their unique health stories and we are happy to pass along their well-tested resources to you.

Responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity. Today, we meet Mighty member Hannah. She is 28 years old and lives with Crohn’s disease. Hannah, what helps you? THE MIGHTY: What helps you most when your condition affects your physical health? HANNAH: A heating pad, a hot shower (if I can stand up), or a hot bath — or  laying down on my left side with a pillow between my knees helps me. What helps you most when your condition affects your mental health? Blogging, going live on Instagram, calling my family… listening to music, and talking about what I am experiencing helps me. How do you cope when your normal self-care isn’t working? When the tools in my self-care toolbox are not working, I do research or schedule an appointment with my therapist to learn about new self-care tools.

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