When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease I felt alone and scared. Although I had the support of my family members and friends, I didn’t know anyone else with IBD and had no idea what questions to ask, let alone where to find answers. Only when I discovered the IBD community through online resources and made personal connections was I really able to begin taking control of my healthcare. This was made possible through networking and the sharing of information. Patients, family members, friends, care teams and researchers need to come together to provide the best possible healthcare outcomes. I’ve seen firsthand how patients are “healthier together” with this kind of invaluable support. It’s very necessary, especially for young patients.