This illness has pushed Andera and taught her a couple of things: Be your own advocate. Be open about U.C. Doing this provides me a stronger support group (family and friends are vital, particularly when during a flare). It’s a journey to find what works and discovering our strengths in managing U.C.
I'm a SF Bay Area native and I was healthy until my my late 20s, I was a healthy. In 2006, I developed symptoms. I come from a line of people who think: "Doctor, I don't need no stinking doctor."