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Having a Positive Outlook is the Key!!

Positive Mike from FresnoIntroduction:

I am from Fresno CA and I was diagnosed with UC in August of 2010. I have a BA in Business Management and currently I am working my way up the corporate ladder at Coca-Cola. I love traveling, experiencing new things, meeting new people, and I am a sports nut. I have traveled to Romania, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Canada, and all over the US. Do no let this disease stop you from enjoying life!

Symptoms:

Currently I am experiencing fatigue and the usual abdomen cramping and bloating…..but what else is new…. My most recent flare just ended about two weeks ago and it lasted for over 2 months. I experienced loss of appetite along with weight loss during those 2 months when my UC was flaring up. Mercaptopurine was just added to my medication regiment and it has helped immensely.

My Story:

I was diagnosed with UC in August of 2010 after I had about two months of intense abdominal pain and bloody bathroom visits. I had never heard of Ulcerative Colitis and I remember feeling very depressed and almost in shock when they first told me about all the horrible outcomes that are associated with this disease. But THERE IS HOPE! For anyone out there that has just been diagnosed do not let yourself be overtaken by all of the bad press this disease gets. Yes it sucks, and yes it is serious, but if you want to take control of your disease and live a normal, healthy, and exciting life then it has to start with a positive outlook.

The first 7 months of my disease were by far the worst. I constantly had abdominal pain and was actually unable to work for a full month. But after doing countless hours of research I found that many people have success treating there UC with a healthy diet. I implemented this strategy in my efforts to control my disease and it made a huge difference. I still take all of the medication that has been prescribed but I noticed the most significant changes to my mood and overall health once my diet was altered. A balanced diet of lean proteins, vegetables, and whole grain carbohydrates will make a huge difference.

I just want to encourage anyone out there that is struggling with this disease to STAY POSITIVE! I have been there, Ive experienced the depression, the pain, and the embarrassment. But you have the ability to look at it in a different way and you can live a full and normal life….It all starts with your mindset.

I hope this post is having the desired affect, I just wanted to express my take on this disease and share what has helped me. As we all know most of the information out there is doom and gloom and can leave you feeling hopeless. But I believe that the way you view a situation or a struggle not only dictates what type of person you are; but it will determine the outcome of whatever challenge you face. If you can find the strength to view your struggle in a positive way then you have taken the first step to success. I promise you this works and I hope that this helps at least one person out there. It might seems impossible to see the good in this situation (especially when you are using the bathroom 20+ times a day) but there is hope and things can get better….you just have to focus on the goal of being healthy and do whatever it takes to achieve it.

If anyone needs encouragement or would like to correspond more about this disease and what I have found through my research please do not hesitate to contact me.

Where I’d Like to be in 1 Year:

In one year I see myself in remission, without experiencing any flares, and in the best shape of my life. I am determined to be in complete control of my body and my UC. I WILL NOT LET UC CONTROL MY LIFE!

My Colitis Medications:

I take 4 – 1.2 mg Lialda pills daily along with 50 mg of 6-MP and this combination has left me feeling great. I also take fish oil, iron, vitamin C, fiber, and 1 Activia yogurt daily. The 6-MP, or Mercaptopurine, has definitely been the medication that has helped the most. Besides the medication DIET is the key! Clean eating and a balanced meal plan has changed everything for me. Since changing my diet I feel stronger, I have more energy, and I guess you can it has helped me feel “normal”. Anyone who has just been diagnosed with disease I promise that diet is the key and Adam has done a great job of providing very useful information concerning this topic….take his advice it works.

written by Mike

submitted in the Colitis Venting Area

Tags: positivity





9 Responses to “Having a Positive Outlook is the Key!!”

  1. Midwest Dave
    DaveApril 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Lots of positive, sound advice in there. Thanks for your words. Welcome to the boards.

  2. AdamApril 22, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Way Cool Mike to see you’re doing so well and pushing through the disease! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  3. tracyApril 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder to stay positive. I needed to hear that. This disease makes it so easy to focus on the negatives. .

    • Dennis P
      Graduate StudentApril 29, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      I needed to hear that too. I am starting to feel hopeless, but this article really helped. Thanks Mike.

  4. BevApril 23, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    YES!!!

    Bev:)

  5. Positive Mike
    Positive MikeApril 24, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    First off thanks for the kind words and the welcome! I hope that more people can start changing their outlook on this disease and start focusing more on all the positive things that we should be thankful for in our lives. Tracy I was happy to hear that the reminder to stay positive helped you in a moment when you needed it. That was my intention when writing about my experience. I am excited to become more involved with this group, and I’m sure Ill be corresponding with you all more later.

  6. EricMay 11, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Thanks for sharing Mike. I’ve had UC for over 20 years, and a positive take on life with humor is the only way to move ahead. I achieved an MBA from a University 2 hours away with cholitus. (the university didn’t have cholitus, I did, lol) You can do anything you want with REALLY GOOD PLANNING, and knowing where the toilets are.

    Eric

  7. RichaJuly 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks for your story.

  8. Sammy
    SammyJuly 11, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Mike,
    I’m new to this site and i just want to say that its great that your so positive. I try to be positive, even taken up the subject of buddhism and chanting now and again to keep the positive vibe going. I surprisingly enjoy it and it does have a strong effect on how you look at things. Like everyone, i have my up and down days but i’ve got a good vibe in me lately :) Keep up the positive :)

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