Hello, my Name is Luana. I’m a 25 year old student, mother, and wife. I am getting my Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and aspire to do great things despite of my Ulcerative Colitis.
Constant “Belly aches” and urgencies to rush to the bathroom. Constant Diahreah and mucus.
I’m 25 years young and everything I do revolves around my Ulcerative Colitis. My ulcerative colitis affects the time I wake up, what I eat, and when I eat it. UC determines when I can hang out with someone, when I can have sex, and even how long I can hold it in the car before I get to my destination, and the list goes on.
UC is the biggest pain in the ass disease, besides the pain is in my colon and it makes me take a shit like a million times a day and every place I step foot into. I know where every bathroom is in every store, mall, supermarket, restaurant, and gas station. I walk into places with zero shame, do my business, and dip like it ain’t a thing (Shout out to all the McDonalds and Walgreens who don’t judge when all you need is to take a dump).
Having UC forces me to anally plan ahead every detail (pun intended), and be prepared at all times. For example, If I am taking a trip, I know where all the stops are, how long it will be, and where every bathroom is along the way. Being prepared means always carrying baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and extra pair of undies and even a cardigan or something to wrap around my pants in the event I have an accident. There I said it!! You DO NOT have severe UC unless you suffer from accidents or the constant anxiety and worry of having an accident.
I was diagnosed in 2008 with Ulcerative Colitis.
Long story short, I have been in and out of doctors and hospitals for the past 7 years and I am EXHAUSTED.
Nothing ever worked besides one thing…. pregnancy. I was absolutely healed from all UC during my entire pregnancy. Unfortunately, I lost that pregnancy due to other factors. However after the pregnancy, my UC came back for revenge for all the worry free and happy months I spent without the thought of taking a shit lurking behind my every move.
My husband and I are trying to conceive again and I am looking forward to reliving another beautiful pregnancy symptom free. However, since I cannot take any medication before, during or postpartum… I am having to deal with my UC, and it is very angry.
Anyway, venting I did, so there it is.
I hope other UC’ers will be able to relate to my craziness. UC makes me crazy. I always have to ask the bathroom questions before I go anywhere or do anything. Not to mention, how embarrassing it can be.
written by Luana C
submitted in the colitis venting area