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
Bravo! We can all do it like Adam.
Thank you for what you have done for the UC community! No words can express my hope when I read your website.
The books are purchased for my 21-year-old son who has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 3 weeks ago. His case is mild to moderate and inflammation occurs on the whole colon. The GI doctor in Toronto here did not give us any hope of finding a cure.
Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy is written in an intimate way to allow the readers to walk the brave journey with Adam.
After ready your book, it boosted our confidence of finding a cure through alternative means.
I have read through the recipes and circled the ones that are ok during active flare. There are not many of them. I am preparing meals based on the suggested recipes. I requested Adam to provide additional recipes if possible. He got back to me with a new website which has more recipes. It also has videos of the latest research studies on UC. https://www.nimbal.org/blog/recipes
Adam, thank you again for taking the time and effort to share your personal experience of conquering UC!
I read the book within a couple days and am so very thankful that I came across it! Adam's story helped me feel that I wasn't alone in this and being able to relate was comforting. I'd always been a healthy child growing up and so having this occur right at the beginning of this year has been a battle. Luckily for myself, it wasn't as bad as Adam's recovery. This book led me to the SCD and book "Breaking the Viscous Cycle" and diving into the reading and research I want and need to know. Along the way I also came across the book "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back". I plan on taking what I've learned and applying some diet/lifestyle changes to then become medication free!
I was only recently diagnosed with UC and had so many questions (and was so scared). This boy I was a godsend. Adam's sense of humor, directness about symptoms, suggestions, personal success with SCD and recipes gave me just what I needed to get my hope back. Highly recommended.
Great books that lead me to the book breaking the vicious cycle that lead me to the best nutritionist. Been in hospital for 9 days now but with meds and the correct guy nutrition plan I am getting better and plan on staying better
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Jan 8, 2017
I bought the two books. I read them both in one day. The Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy experiences are inspiring and entertaining! I can relate to your experiences when I was travelling overseas on my job. It is informative of all the medications Adam have been through and that UC can be controlled by diet. I am trying to follow the SCD diet now. Thank you for writing the book about only UCs know about. Your book made me feel I am not alone with this problem. Right now, I am struggling in increasing my weight with what I can legally eat under SCD,
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I bought the 2 books to be more informed about my husbands severe UC. Reading Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy is spot on and like reading about every symptom he's had/has. It is very informative to both of us. It's a great read and full of great information! Thanks Adam.
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Didn\'t realize this was a biography of Adam\'s life with UC..he gave accounting of his life starting with childhood and how things let up to full-blown ulcerated colitis. Was greatly disappointed that when he got to the section about the diet all he does is mention the book. Doesn\'t explain or go into detail about the actual process of changing his diet and how he did it. He went into such detail about his life he neglected this very important step. As a note check his recipes which he gives more information about the book used and the author and the recipes used...and other information about websites that could be helpful. Found that the reviews from other people was very very helpful..glad I took the time to read them.
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I enjoyed reading about Adam's experiences with UC and his medications and side effects. The scientific studies and UC related research at the end was very useful. I'm still searching Google!
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Read Adam's two books in a couple of days. Feeling Crappy to Happy was very good and I like you Adam would eventually like to be medication free. As for the diet book, some of the tips were helpful but a lot of things I can't really eat what you can and definitely cannot have tomatoes. Will be looking at the SCD and giving that a go. Thanks again.
Adam wrote an honest account of life with UC without avoiding the messy aspects many of us avoid talking about or are in denial about. I read the book in 2 days, a good read if you are interested in the topic and I got a lot out of what I read, with my still understanding that as similar as my journey with UC may be, it is still a unique journey for me with issues Adam never had. But then again he had issues I have never had. Overall it is an excellent read. I am going to concentrate more on a stricter diet which I was leaning towards as requested by several of my doctors and friends with UC which Adam confirms has worked wonders for him. I hope it works well for me, but some of my health issues are not diet related anymore.
I'm very grateful to Adam for sharing his story with the world and giving us all hope! Adam has a fantastic enthusiasm for living and has found a way to keep UC from stealing that away!
His story is an inspiration to those who have UC and their loved ones!
I personally have never met another person with UC and found it comforting to hear how similar our symptoms are.
Doctors did not take my symptoms seriously at first and told me I was just "nervous." I'm a very mellow person actually! They tried to put me on meds to calm me down! Lol Not one MD told me to see a gastroenterologist. Fortunately it didn't take me long to figure out. I was also fortunate to stop all gluten which helped a lot. Now that I'm using the SCD I'm amazed at the improvements I'm seeing!
Thank you Adam for changing our lives for the better! Many blessings!
Was very informative, especially the link to the books to control symptoms with diet. I would have liked a list of foods that you can and can't eat if you are following SCD strictly. It would be a quicker reference and I could think of what I could cook with the list handy
Book was great and the the recipe book has been a life saver
I found your help Adam after the sudden loss of my long time doctor and friend. Despite how good everyone thinks Healthcare is in Canada we can wait months to years to see a new doc. Your book came at a crucial time for me as I was feeling lost on what to do next as I really had no one to turn to. I was armed with the meds I had previously been prescribed as well as your book! I have to say after a full month of flare, I am starting to manage with diet, acupuncture, and am off the entocort. Thank you for being the light by reaching out through your book. I found it insightful, and highly entertaining with your stories. I wish you continued health and happiness! We are all in this together, the most important lesson in have learned foom your book! Namaste!
Always great to read others stories. I passed this to my daughter who is now 22. Diagnosed at 19. I hope there is more progress during her lifetime.
Thanks for Sharing
The book was great! I read it within 3 days. I read the book to learn about someone's full experience to gain insight on the journey, the symptoms, medication side effects and the overall affect UC has on the body. I myself do not have UC but my significant other does and it gave me hope that it's possible for him to get into remission. I have not tried the recipes yet but actually plan to this weekend. They look like something I can get him to eat vs. forcing him to eat healthy. Thank you so much for writing this book. As you can see, it's helped thousands, maybe even more with either their personal journey with UC or with their loved ones who support them.
While I was reading this book, I felt like we were just sitting at the table talking. With this disease, there are times you feel like you are the only one with it. I was diagnosed at the age of 67. I have been on a lot of the medications you mentioned in your book. I am still on six pills a day of the asacol 800HD and also the mercaptopur at 1.5 a day. As with the flares the only thing that helps is the prednisone. I am also taking a probiotic. The tired feeling with these drugs is the hardest. I have not incorporated the cook book in yet. Thank you again!
I read the book,it was like looking in th mirror. Sorry to say can't eat any or most of the food you are eating. ( salads, anything green) it's been more then a year this time. Wishing and waiting to be in your way of eating, but other wise it's a story that reminds me and I am sure others of what their life is like. Thanks
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I bought this book for my husband who had been diagnosed with UC about a year and a half ago. He was given Mezavant and it was doing well to keep him in remission until November of '15. He had a flare up and his knee and ankle joints were so bad he was not able to leave the bed. The doctor gave him a strong dose of prednisone a week and a half ago over an eight week period with a slow taper off each week. We have introduced many aspects of the SCD diet and are experimenting with what works and what doesn't. Were not sure yet if the prednisone is what is helping out or a combo of both, but at least I have the knowledge for meal prepping when the meds are done. Very inspiring book and it was like looking through a mirror for my husband with the early symptoms and struggles prior to diagnosis. Love the cook book as well. Thank you.
Thank you so much for sharing. Your information regarding diet, infection and medications was great. After a really yucky weekend, I am more convinced than ever that I have to do something about diet. This just isn't optional anymore and you helped me come to this conclusion. Thank you again!
Thanks for sharing
You have been through quite a journey! My daughter was diagnosed in May of this year with moderate UC. I did not even know what that was. She is 20 years old, the specialist we are seeing is awful, I have been looking desperately for answers since he already wants to put her up to the next drug level without explaining anything to her at all. It has been horrifying for me as a mother. I ordered your book in hope of answers. To be honest I was extremely depressed after reading your book and the experiences on your site, I had not idea it could be that bad. I bought the book your recommended "Breaking the Vicious Cylce" I feel very overwhelmed right now and she is tired of me talking about it but I am scared to death. Thank you for sharing and giving me some positive direction to follow. I am glad you are doing so well.
I loved it. The fact that you got better thru using the diet. It makes sense
I m so sick of meds that I will take any suggestion
Changed my life
I was diagnosed with UC 7 years ago. I never paid any attention to diet while increasingly stepped up meds have been ineffective and my UC has been getting worse. I discovered Adam's website and books and through them the SCD during a flare about 1 month ago. I started the SCD and prednisone during the flare. Since then, I have shown unbelievable improvement while tapering down the prednisone. UC symptoms are under control, chronic fatigue is gone, chronic tired/stress headaches have improved, and overall stress level down. Adam's story is a huge inspiration and I wish that anyone with UC is lucky enough to find the ihaveuc.com website to help better understand and manage their UC.
So glad I found your website and your book. It has really given me hope. I have started looking for other alternatives for my UC. Also knowing Im not alone makes things a bit easier to deal with. Thank you for taking the time to do all you do for everyone out there that has UC!!
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I found your book honest, refreshing, and it made me realize how I am not alone. I found your book funny at times and so hopeful. It makes me drawn to you and to want to get things under control. I also have found that you do not try to promote all the right answers and that is huge! From reading your book - I now believe that any form of therapy that works is the right answer - meds, surgery, diet, exercise, whatever... You are open-minded and just want everybody else to be able to communicate together to figure the "crappy parts" out. Thank you. Thank you so much for sharing your story and helping everybody know they aren't alone!
After reading your book, I felt normal again like a real person. Thank you so much for sharing your story, you have inspired me to find other solutions to the UC rather than meds. I went through a flare up now which has taken me a month to get over, so your book really gave my inspiration and drive to find better ways to deal with uc than just meds.
Thank you again for your contribution to the UC community.
It takes one to know one
Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy is a candid, direct account of Adam's trajectory through UC challenge to, well, let's say triumph for now. He is the first to admit that this is a lifelong condition. Remission is not only possible but realistic. So are flares. He has great hints about reducing the chance of the latter. And he tells it like it is, so if you are offended by the various terms for poo (crap, shit, etc.) you have been warned. However, it might be a good idea to get used to it because it is almost impossible not to focus on poo with this disease. How many euphemisms can we invent? The book is funny, human and definitely one person’s inspiring journey which Adam is also quick to point out. What works for him might not work for you--he is sharing to help you/me find our own ways. (What no SCD yogurt?!-lucky you unless of course you like slaving over a yogurt brew every week or so). For me an acquired habit and taste.
So more about that sharing--feeling isolated, embarrassed, like a freak? Well he encourages us to meet a whole bunch of us. Not superheroes, definitely not freaks, although there are some aspects to quiet heroism going on here. Normal heroes who do regular things and amazing things while coping with our ambiguous situations. It is definitely possible to be happy. He encourages everyone to "tell their story" and get to know others. No you don't have to be cheerful if you are in a bad flare, nor do you have to be perky if that's not your style. Just make your story yours with a positive outcome. And come out of the closet already! At least to this safe group.
The last note is on his recipe book. I have a bunch of fancy Carbohydrate Specific Diet recipe books. They are great cause sometimes I love to cook. And I love beautiful food pictures. Most times I do not (like to cook). What Adam did differently with his recipes is become a great everyday SCD cook--focussing on things that he likes, are easy to make and fall within the SCD guidelines.
The books combined with the website/blog/newletter and resources are worth more than $35 (to me). You don't have to buy anything to join the mailing list or read tons of info on the website. The special thing about the books is that you get to know Adam and what works for him and how he got there. And maybe how you can too.