Hi my name is Edward Petracco. I’m from New York City. I was diagnosed 2009 with Ulcerative Colitis. I am 42 years old have a great and helpful wife and a son .
Up until 3 years ago, i had no idea what uc was. I was never in the hospital, in good shape, then bam in and out with flair ups. Going to the bathroom 15-20x a day at its worst, blood test , and the pain.
All the medication the doctors give you, one pill for this, one for that and some of the side effects are worse than the uc. My family has been the best, my wife is very supportive she helps with everything she has read up on it alot. Its hard for them as well because of the mood swings you get, the depression you get and the bathroom thing. I am most concerned about getting the drugs that they give you to fight the uc, they are strong. The main thing is the family. My wife, son and others keep you going as you fight the uc and you have faith.
The question i have for all of us that are fighting this
is why do we wait so long to go to the doctor?
I know in my case i waited until i was very bad. I lost about 30 pounds, was vomiting and going to the bathroom a lot. When i got to the hospital it took 3-4 days before they would know what i had. The pain I went through was crazy, but i got it under control. Then it happened again. I could see the signs but still waited, i guess you think that it will go away but it is better to get help as soon as you feel the symptoms coming on. I am on my third GI doctor. The first one sucked. The next one i get was alot better and this new one is great so far. At least now they are being more aggressive with fighting the problem. So we will see what happens, one day at a time and i will live in peace with uc.