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 Adam’s full story of life with UC.  

From being very sick and on medications, to figuring out how to live symptom free:

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

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Mar 24, 2015 by Vin
City/country:: Florida 

I loved your personal story. I felt I was not alone unfortunately my Dr. let my condition go so bad I was malnourished and dehydrated and my bowel perforated, so I had to have emergency surgery.

Mar 04, 2015 by Linda bessette

Loved the story. It encouraged me tremendously. It reminded me I'm not alone fighting this battle. I have encouraged my family to read Adam's story to better understand what I go through.

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Nov 19, 2014 by Carol
City/country:: New York 

It was a great story.... I love the way it was well written. It was helpful to understand what is it all about. I really enjoyed them very much. Thanks Adam!

Our Go to Book!

Oct 14, 2014 by Coleen Dolan
City/country:: Forked River 

Adam!! Thank you so very much for this timeline of your life and the impact that UC has had on it....David my other half was diagnosed about 2 months ago and I am his "Michaela" :) I read the entire book in one sitting and he has been following the diet and keeping record of everything that happens following a meal. We are excited for the future for him to begin a normal life again (symptoms for a denial for 10 months...) your story has given us both hope and now it is our go to book when we need some encouragement or help understanding what is going on. Thank you again for this...its has eased our minds on the disease and given us hope!

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

Oct 04, 2014 by Marge Lange
City/country:: Northumberland, England 

I've had UC for forty two years! It started off in a small way and gradually over the years it has spread and worsened. This year I've been in various stages of flare up since January, it's now October. I was researching, something I do on a regular basis, for some new self-help/research answers when I came across Adam's website. Intrigued, I read on and watched his video then instantly purchased his book. Wow, it's great. I laughed out loud at some of the graphic, though absolutely true, descriptions of what we actually experience during a flare up. Consultant Doctors over here believe in medication not diet for UC. I was interested to read how sugar's a no-no, years ago I told my then specialist that when I was in one of my chocoholic phases within a few days later I started passing blood pr and a flare up ensued. His answer was, you must have IBS as well as UC. I thought GREAT, as if I didn't have enough problems! Now I know, from the info in Adam's book, that diet plays a huge role in controlling UC. I've never had a medic suggest diet for UC although it is widely recognised as being advantageous if you have Crohn's Disease.
Thanks Adam for the link to 'Breaking the Vicious Cycle'. I bought the book, read it from cover to cover and will now be embarking on the SCD proper, so to speak. I have noticed an improvement when not drinking milk, that was a by chance discovery, when I'd not had any for a few days.
I desperately want to be able to get off drugs and control my UC with diet, Adam showed how that can work. Obviously UC will never be cured just kept under our control by diet. I'll let you know how I get on and the results.
When I'm successful in controlling my UC with the diet and off meds I will post my success and give references to Adam's book to NACC - that's the National Association of Crohn's and Colitis in UK. You know how it is, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
Speaking of puddings, Adam's recipe book is good and I'll be trying his recipes. A couple of them are versions of what I've devised for myself - great minds or what?!
P.S. I can't get my head around the fact that even nurses and doctors often haven't got the remotest clue about how we actually feel and just how bad it can be. When I make an effort, as always, putting on makeup and dressing well to meet friends who ask how are you, when my reply's rough, their answer's you look well. I reply, it's a good thing I look good on the outside as the inside's crap!
One suggestion Adam, perhaps you could write a book that would educate nurses, medics and the general public. We fellow sufferers lap up the info but what about the healthy?
Thanks very much Adam for your books. Long may you stay healthy now you've cracked it.

Sep 30, 2014 by Andrea
City/country:: Germany 

Thank you, Adam, for writing down your story. It connects us all on the globe and since I found this website and read your books I don't feel lonely with my UC anymore.
There are so many things you described in your book I could strongly identify with, like experiencing early symptoms and being blind about them or feeling demoralised about bleeding into the toilet all the time. So many things I recognized, which made me feel so relieved on so many levels. It made me realize I wasn't a nut, that I'm neither stupid nor crazy or a wimp either. We're all just struggling with a really crappy dicease, and thanks to you we're doing it now with a laugh on our faces and a good portion of gallows humour.

Sep 07, 2014 by Kathy Harrower
City/country:: Glasgow Scotland 

I have found both books fantastic. Couldn't put Feeling Crappy down as it was describing my symptoms to a T, thank you. I have been feeling much better recently. Not sure if it because I am now on 25mg Mercaptopurine alternate days, the fact I am trying to follow SCD as best I can or a combination of both. Can only thank you again, Kathy x

Feeling crappy to feeling happy and cookbook

Aug 31, 2014 by Pam
City/country:: Naples, Florida 

Both books are so worth it. Your story was so much like mine.
I thought I couldn't start the scd diet, read your cookbook, and
Wrote down many receipts . I am so happy with both books.

Love your humor!

Aug 16, 2014 by Kelly Delinger
City/country:: Michigan 

Adam, your sense of humor about UC and what so many of us go through is what drew me to your videos at first, and then to your e-books! The sauteed veggie combo you eat and used to kill a flare got me to try zucchini again. I didn't think I liked it! Thanks for all you do.


Aug 10, 2014 by Aine
City/country:: Ireland 

Hi adam. Ive been a uc for the past 12 years. Although it makes sense that its about diet I could not get either my consultant or doctor to agree. Meds meds and more meds. What a revelation your book is . I cant believe there may actually be a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your honesty , humour and hope.

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy and Cookbook

Aug 04, 2014 by Karen
City/country:: Irvine, Cal. 

Loved every thing about both of your books; enjoyed hearing about your journey and all you made it all work out. Also, it is nice to hear something positive that someone has made out of a negative. Loved your cookbook and have tried several recipes already. Thank you Adam for all that you do!!!!

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

Jul 30, 2014 by Photini
City/country:: Glenview 

Adam, thank you so much for writing this book. You not only helped me and so many others at times of desperation but you made it seem like we are talking to an old friend. By sharing your story, you made me feel like I am not alone. Also, you encouraged me to follow my own intuition regarding diet and to trust myself that it can work when doctors say it has nothing to do with the disease.

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

Jul 23, 2014 by Shelley
City/country:: United Kingdom 

Thanks so much Adam for sharing your story. When I read the book it made me feel like I'm not alone suffering with UC and also gave huge hope that maybe the diet will work for me too in time. I'd never had any bowel problems until I was pregnant with my first child, then disappeared after baby was born and returned when pregnant again and the same happened with my 3rd child, very strange but after my third child all symptoms disappeared for 2 years and BAM! have returned again out of the blue 2 months ago! After reading your book I started the SCD diet 2 weeks ago, my symptoms are still not good but my BM's are only once/twice a day as compared to previously 7/8 times a day so i'm feeling positive that it's helping me already!! Thanks so much, your a great role model to show how the diet can turn things around as you seem so fit and healthy and down to earth with a good sense of humour too to try to make this awful disease a little lighter and also prove that there is light at the end of the tunnel :)

Refreshing read

Jun 25, 2014 by Matt
City/country:: Pottsville, PA 

After being diagnosed with UC back in 2006, I was left with a feeling of dread. My doctors were quick to push the pills but, never mention anything about diet. As a matter of fact, I really wasn\'t given much information about my condition. About two or three months ago I came across this website called and became enthralled with it stories of success! After reading the book, I wish I would have known what questions to ask. I went ahead and purchased my copies of both books and started to read them. Here is my take on it:

What can I say, it is really a refreshing read! Adam\'s writing style is different to say the least! But, what I truly enjoyed about it is that it is truthful and honest! Reading it was like talking to a compassionate friend with the same issue as me. Like many of the other readers, this book and site has given me hope and a positive attitude towards the challenges that are ahead of me. If you haven\'t read it yet, what are you waiting for??

Thank you,


Feeling crappy to Happy

Jun 21, 2014 by Kelly
City/country:: Bham, AL 

Most important book I have ever read, and I am an avid reader. Finished it on the throne, read it in one shitting. I have had UC since 1994, I was transporting patients by wheelchair to various parts of the hospital. So I was in the right place, I was 19 and dreamt of becoming a nurse. My first flare I continued to work until I had to be admitted and was told I had UC by a doctor who showed the compassion of a sociopath.
I stayed in denial for years.LSS I LOVED YOUR BOOK! It took away the shame and guilt I had placed on my heavy heartlike those 8 boxes of Rowasa enemas the pharmacist shoved through the window,( he made them fit) I was so embarrassed.
Thank you

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

Jun 19, 2014 by Kelly Tanner
City/country:: Shelby 

I was looking up whether smoking helps stop flares when I found your site. I couldn't believe there were people like me out in society. It made me have hope. My Grandmother,Frances Tanner also had UC, so she was my life coach in many areas. Grandma would have loved killing whales in the toilet.I laughed my colon out, I wish but seriously I needed to make jokes because it is a huge part of my life,and I had to make it through all the shit to survive.
I love your book and your testimonies. The book was the only thing coming out of pie hole for a week. Thank you for the service you provided me during the book.

What a Relief

May 31, 2014 by Joanna

SUCH a relief to read a book from someone who's been through UC - I could cry with relief! Funny, honest, completely real and with so many tips that have helped me!

Great book. Great tips, Great cookbook, GREAT WEBSITE!

May 17, 2014 by JAY

awesome read Adam.was recently diagnosed with UC .had no clue so many people suffer from this terrible your book in 1 night as i was reading it i realized your life and eating habits were a carbon copy of how i lived my life ,pizza,beer,choc chip cookies,out late drinking etc..but after reading your book i realized how much damage i have done to my body over the a very fit person on the the outside but i guess i was neglecting my insides and oh it definitely caught up with me big time.But you know what things in life happen and this was my wake up call,and thanks to your book and inspiration i will lead a healthier life now.cant wait to read the cookbook ,thanks Adam ,you have a follower for life my friend .GOD bless

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May 13, 2014 by Barb Bogenschutz

I really am happy I ordered your set of books. They were very easy to understand and a quick read. They will also be a valuable resource in the future. I was diagnosed with UC in 1996. It was a brief flare and I had only minimal days here and there until Feb. 2014. At one point I was told they really didn't think I had UC. Obviously, that was wrong as now I am in the worst flare of my life. Thanks for all the great advise and diet tips as I now feel I am making positive progress with my UC>

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

Apr 22, 2014 by Janet Walker

Enjoyed the book, the humour and honesty. Whilst my partner is supportive, not knowing anyone else who has this illness can be isolating. I’ve been very lucky, whilst diagnosed in 2001 it has only been in the last year I have had a flare that I could not pull back, it lasted months and I ended up on steroids. Reading your book helped clarify for me that denial and stress are my biggest contributors to a flare. I have to listen to my body whether it’s telling me that a lifestyle is too much or a food does not agree with me. Thank you for sharing your story.

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

Mar 25, 2014 by Elizabeth Alston

I loved your book, someone going thru the exact same thing I'm going through. I was also frustrated with doctors saying diet has nothing to do with it. I had this since 1999, I know it's a better way to control this without the meds. I know I must keep my gut Bacteria in check & also my inflammation down but reading all the other stories I'm doing better than most ppl on the meds. I've been on them myself and my flares & pains were longer & more painful when I was on them. I know since I been watching my diet I've had shorter flares & less pain. Your story shows there is hope, I'm going to keep going until the flares are non existence. Right now I'm eating clean, vsl3 ,vit d3, iron.

both books

Mar 17, 2014 by tracy perkins

Its good. Wish it was in hard back or a book period! It does help knowing you aren't alone with UC. I love the funny parts. I lol at a lot because I relate to so many things or issues that you would point out! As many UCers do. I also love the website . It is very helpful as well.... just wish I had a UCer close to me to talk to :((( Thanks for all you have done. People that don't have UC, have NO idea what we go through . Even though they suffer as well, cause we are limited to where we can go,do and eat. Anyway. Thank you for your support! Carry On Adam :)

Being part of an UC family

Mar 11, 2014 by Theo Terblanche

It was really great to read your book. Although I was already diagnosed in 2001, I never experienced the constant flare ups and crappy feeling as describe by you. In 2013 however I was hit with severe joint pain, especially lower back and then the road of medication to address this started. With this came the daily crappy feeling and its still the case today. I am blessed with a fantastic GI that is very helpful and listen to every complaint. I am not ready for the injections - the side effects of the medication is bad enough, but the ups and downs aren't contributing to daily lifestyle. I started the diet and with great support from my family I am positive to see the outcome. Thanks for being part of the UC family here in the southern tip of Africa. If you or any of the other UC family members have advise for the pain in the joints and lower back please let me know.

Mar 09, 2014 by Jeremy

Great book, and good read. Also Adam is a great guy took time out to explain stuff too me regarding book

Mar 09, 2014 by Deb

Awesome books!! I read them both in one day! I'm having trouble downloading them so I can print them off, but I LOVED them! Your humor and kindness is so refreshing. I often feel alone in this. I even have had some people (family members) suggest that I cause the flares myself - due to not knowing how to deal with stress. It's hard enough without being blamed. :(

Saved my grandson

Mar 08, 2014 by Judy Goode

Your books have saved my grandson. When he was told he had this UC he thought it was only him. After reading your story he looked at us and said. "I can do this if Adam can" then he started the diet because "Adam did" and he has been 3 weeks flare free and just started high school track. Your book is well written and allows others to see there is hope.
Your words and videos do help. So please keep it up

Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy

Feb 21, 2014 by Afshan

I enjoyed reading your book. I am glad you wrote this book using a good sense of humor which is hard to have when one is sick.Your book introduces UC patients with different options so they can make informed decisions. In Canada, it is very difficult to get a second opinion. One is lucky enough to find a GI (at least it was my experience)!! I believe you set an example for many people with UC to do our own research and be our own doctors.
I was very interested to know more about your diet. For example when you started to change your eating habit, what was the first thing you changed (I understand that everyone is different)? How did you know it is working and how long did it take? Your change was gradual or was radical.
Thank you for sharing your story and helping others with UC

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5 Responses to Resources

  1. Minoti October 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Has anyone tried “Listen to your Gut” by Jini Patel Thompson? Any comments/experience to share from following that route of healing vs. SCD?


  2. Reid Bryant Kimball October 22, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I’m reading Listen to Your Gut now. It’s complimentary to SCD, not instead of. Or are you thinking of Jini’s IBD Remission Diet? I think that can also be used along with SCD. I haven’t tried Jini’s IBD Remission Diet, but one can do that, achieve remission and then go on the SCD.

    As for Listen to Your Gut, I use it as a reference for supplements and treating various symptoms. It’s packed with useful info and how to guide for specific healing protocols. I understand my disease a lot more after reading it and have a chest full of tools to heal myself in the short and long term.

  3. Joel Parris June 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    When considering books you, can go to and find them new or used and very affordable. I just purchased Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet for under 18 bucks including shipping. I hope this is an answer to my UC. At almost 42 yrs of age I’ve had UC for 1 1/2 years taking Mesalamine and Casana. My Doc is uneducated in diet or alternative options other than the typical pharma or surgery and said that diet is not the cause or the solution. He had no recommendations, yet I find that the World Wide Web has a whole community of people with varying testimonials and recommendations. That is what I am counting on and I will shout it from the mountaintops when I get better.

    So glad your out there!


    • Adam June 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      CONGRATS JOEL for looking outside the box, or “the doctor’s office” I guess. I think you and I are in the exact same boat/book. Good luck to you. Please keep us posted on how things turn out for you, all the best! -Adam

  4. Tucker Sweeney September 25, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I just published a new book about my experience with ulcerative colitis and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). The book is called Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. A journey Through life, ulcerative colitis, and the specific carbohydrate diet. Available at

    Best of health to you all!

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