I am a Pilates Instructor and a Yoga enthusiasts residing in Austin, TX. I have had symptoms since 2005 and a colonoscope in 2006. I mostly suffer from constipation with UC.
Some more about Ashley:
I have a plethora of pets that demand to be taken to the park every weekend rain or shine. I enjoy looking up funny YouTube videos and budgeting my check book.
Bleeding, fatigue, frequent urgency, & constipation.
Anyone Else Frustrated with People?
I have been diagnosed with UC for 9 years. I first had symptoms right after high school at age nine-teen, I lived in a small town and the local doctor seemed horrified That I was a young girl with a bleeding colon. In fact, for most of my life after I have been diagnosed with UC doctors just seem either confused, unsympathetic or both. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs really changed my disease for the better, and I am so lucky to have found it. Acupuncture has helped me with my stress around UC. I have been known to freak out or get really depressed when I have a flare up. My flare ups could be constipation for weeks at a time or leaking of the gut, urgency and bleeding the next. After nine years I still have a very hard time with a somewhat restricted diet, limiting sugar, caffeine, raw veggies, gluten, dairy and alcohol, which ALL make me susceptible to a flare up. I do still feel like a goody two shoes freak when I have to deny myself the si mple pleasures of pizza and beer while friends are enjoying, but I am working on coming to terms with the cards I have been dealt. In truth, I’m really going to be better off in the long run without out a dirty liver. But for now, it is very hard because I have had such a love affair with food.
My question to ya’ll:
How do you deal with people who don’t understand UC. My family honestly thinks it’s just a stomach ache even though I have had a colonoscopy to prove my disease? I don’t know the proper tools to educate people and I usually just get so frustrated when asked ignorant questions, I just change the subject!
written by Ashley W
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After someone submits a story to the website through the link for writing your story, I receive an email with all the information that you fill out. Once I get the story posted, I always send an email to the writer letting you know your story is up.
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Thanks for sharing Ashley!