I am a 54 year old living in Paso Robles, California. I am a wife, mother of 3, a new Grandmother of 1 and I work in a fairly stressful job. I was diagnosed when I was 33 years old. I was told after my second child it was most likely hemorrhoids. I suffered for a year of severe cramping, gas,diarrhea, bloody mucus and joint pain. I also had painful ulcers in my mouth. After my diagnosis and started on medication, I was amazed at how much better I felt. I had been in pain so long it was almost normal for me. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off of me. My husband and kids are supportive when I am sick. I trail ride and show my horse competitively on a national circuit.