I received my first diagnosis 12 years ago, and my life has been a roller coaster ride ever since.
When I was first diagnosed I was told I had ulcerative proctitis, it wasn’t till recently after a colonoscopy I found out it is now full blown colitis. After hearing the news I was numb, didn’t really know how to react. Knowing the disease had spread was disappointing. I’ve already dealt with years and years of horrible symptoms and wasn’t sure if it would only get worse.
I am a 23 year old college student who has to deal with UC symptoms during finals and the first week of school, its inconvenient to say the least, but I deal with it.
I’ve just recently decided to give up all alcohol,
because with in the last few months I am unable
to consume even small amounts with experiencing
UC SYMPTOMS days later.
It’s gotten to the point where its just not worth it anymore. I’ve been seeking support group for a while now and wasn’t sure where to turn. I have yet to meet anyone my age who has also been diagnosed with UC. It would be nice to have support from others who share this disease.Lately I have been more open to sharing my disease with others without embarrassment. Although I am still embarrassed by my symptoms. Many of my girl friends know all about my Ulcerative Colitis and have seen first hand what it can do to me, but I sometimes resist telling guys for fear of the reaction.
I am worried I will no longer appear sexy
in the eyes of someone I’m attracted to.
My moms been a huge support, and she always tells me if they truly care about you it wont matter, they will see past it. All I can think is I hope she’s right, because its not like I have any control over my symptoms.
However, I must say that recently I have had great symptom improvement.
I have been on an aesocol regiment for years now, but within the last year I started acupuncture therapy and have been amazed with how well its helped! Never have I had anything make me feel 10 times better within days. I highly recommend it. I do flare from time to time but I hope by eliminating alcohol, keeping up with probiotics and acupuncture I will be able to be symptom free for years, I guess only time will tell.
Ulcerative Colitis Medications:
Aesocol, probiotics, and a natural stomach formula prescribed by my acupuncturist