Most people have never heard of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). If you are living with IBD, you know it can be challenging, but also know that you are not alone. IBD affects more than a half million Americans in the United States. A majority of people live with this chronic disease for years without getting diagnosed. Most people find out they have it during their adolescent years, although it’s not uncommon for someone to be diagnosed before or later in life. Children can have IBD when they are just a few months old. IBD can be treated with medication, diet and surgery, but at this time there is no cure. Although IBD is not always easy to live with, most people find that after some initial lifestyle modifications, they are able to adapt quite well.