After being diagnosed with UC when I was 17 years old, I was put on tons and tons of steroids. Of course, I really didn’t understand the “hurt” it would actually cause my body. I was aware that it would be saving my life, in which, it did, but it also made my body age, dramatically.
I feel like I’m no longer young and invincible… I am old and fragile.
I recently had a bone density scan a few days after my 21st birthday (Nov. 16th)… I was waiting anxiously for the test results, and I thought all would be well, until I walked into my doctors office and they said my bones are weak, and basically I was not able to do as many things as I want to now.
I was thinking, great Ulcerative Colitis cake with Osteoporosis topping. WONDERFUL. Might as well throw a cherry on top. Here ya go Lisa, blow out the candles! Happy Birthday! Now now, don’t over exert yourself, you might just break your hip!
More and more medication, I just want to rip my hair out of my head. I would absolutely love to stick up my middle finger and waltz out of the office and never return. But, obviously, I can’t do that. My whole family is lecturing me into “Oh, you need to drink that Vitamin D milk there!” And I say, “Oh, no no no! That is what flares me up!” It doesn’t seem to get through to them of how it actually works- UC.
My fiance’ is watching his girl go down a hole of depression, and does not know what to do.
Well, to my question- Does anyone else have this?
I really don’t want to quit my second love in life- Snowboarding. And obviously, I am not going to, but is there any way I can strengthen my bones other than taking all sorts of blahblah medications?
written by Lisa