Writing Realistically About Chronic Illness
Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. For those that haven’t heard of it (and many haven’t), it’s an autoimmune disease of the digestive system. It can directly affect any part of the digestive system from your mouth all the way through, and it has quite the resume of extraintestinal complications as well. Let’s just say it ain’t fun.
A few years ago, I was excited to find a novel with a main character with Crohn’s disease. Anything involving frequent frenzied trips to the bathroom is not something that is generally discussed, much less written about. When I finally got the book, I ripped through it.