Hello my name is Luis I’m a transfer college student currently studying forensics science at John Jay College in New York. My hobbies are Martials Arts like taekwondo, karate, and kung fu. I also do a lot of reading on different sciences and I work with my father on a computer business. I was diagnosed with UC last year 2009 around August.
So when I was diagnosed I had many episodes of diarrhea, a LOT of blood and mucus in my stool, excess bowel movements about 10 to 20 times a day. Many sleepless nights going to the bathroom and on the rare occasion pain in my lower abdominal. Though before I got diagnosed I use to have a lot of constipation and I used to take a lot of laxative pills and prune juice to help. Though there were moments where it didn’t do anything because my body began to get used to it and then eventually I began to get the blood and mucus in my stools. After that I decided to make a trip to the gastrologist. That’s when I received the bad news. So I was basically miserable I started to exercise less and feeling tired having embarrassing moments of running to the bathroom when I just finish coming out. During my classes in college, and martial arts, also when I’m hanging out with my friends I had episodes. Also there were so many moments where I had to start carrying an extra pair of underwear in my backpack to school because of some colitis accidents I started to have frequently. Endless stories which I could keep going on about but continuing on with my visit to the doctor I began to have several very UNCOMFORTABLE colonoscopies done to me and frequent check ups. After that I was given Aprisol pills to take 6 times a week and enemas. LOTS and LOTSSSSS of enemas to take beginning with mezalamine sorry if I miss spelled it. Then after that was not working I started to take corticosteroid enema. O and by the way during all of these months of taking enemas it was VERY HARD for me to stick to the enema everyday or every other day schedules since well………….. you can imagine. You have the urge to go to the bathroom and at the same time you have to fight the urge to release this enema liquid so it’s the odds against you. But going back to my story I started to have positive and negative days with my UC. There many days that were depressing and even now depresses me since I was in a period of remission that lasted for about 3 to 4 months and I was happy but then it came back again. It started with just gas then my stomach making noises and now blood and mucus in my stools. I have been looking back as to what it was I ate that triggered the colitis again and now that I remember I believe it was the BBQ I had on the day my father had a reunion with his coworkers in a hospital. Every year they have a reunion and during the reunion they have a picnic at a park in Queens. At the park they had so many irresistible amounts of BBQ foods and vegetables and well you know when temptation comes in it’s so hard to resist. Plus the fact that it looks so rude when you say that you can’t eat there food. So I ate I had corn, rice cooked together with beans and ribs. After that well it lead up to where I am now struggling with colitis again. So now I am going to get a stomach check up tomorrow which they are putting me to sleep for then an intestinal check up Thursday and again being put to sleep. After that my doctor will let me try this medication that originally they did not want me to take because of the many side effects it has but now my new doctor thinks that’s it going to be necessary now. Though lets see what my results say after the check ups, hopefully it’s not to bad. Well this is the end of my story one last thing I want to say is something to ADAM the founder of this website. If you are reading this I want so thank you for making this website and I appreciate your support for everyone who has UC.