Author Archive | vickith

Too Good To Be True?

I’m sitting here thinking about where I was and how I felt this time last year. In a word: rotten. I was in a full-blown flare that I believed I was managing but really was slowly and surely taking over my life. It is amazing what 20/20 hindsight can do. I learned from that flare […]

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Good-Bye Imuran

Well, unfortunately it turned out to be too good to be true… Imuran initially appeared to be the medication of choice for me. Having run out of options with steroids and experiencing a very rough steroid-rebound flare and a hospital stay, my doctor put me on Imuran. I was fully-aware of the side effects but […]

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World IBD Day

Today is World IBD Day. In other words it is is World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day. A day to try and raise awareness of the prevelance of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Also an opportunity for people living with these diseases to talk openly about life with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. And even more importantly it […]

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Fun with Imuran

Well, it has been a long time since I’ve written on this site. I suppose since I’ve been feeling pretty good, I really just haven’t been thinking about ulcerative colitis. I have been keeping up-to-date with everyone else’s posts and I realized that I need to get busy and write a post… so here goes. […]

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Checking In

It has been a while since I last posted here at ihaveuc.com. The last time I posted, life was not going so well. I was dealing with a rotten flare – the first really serious flare I’ve ever had. Lets just say that last flare really made me realize the difference between a major and […]

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Ulcerative Colitis, Me and 2011

A while ago, in December (I think) I posted on this site about how my ulcerative colitis was back after only a few weeks of respite. What started off as a typical flare in early December, quickly became something that I simply couldn’t handle. I ended up getting very very sick. More sick than I’ve […]

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Sigh – Not Again

Yep – back in a flare again. I really am struggling to determine what caused this flare. In the past my flares have been stress-induced. But I’m really not under any stress right now. Really, apart from this flare – life is good. I’m in Belgium again for the winter, where I’m supposed to be […]

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Looking for Iron

I suppose you can guess by my post that I’m dealing with one of the common side effects of being in an ulcerative colitis flare… Low iron and anemia. Not good. Particularly not good for an athlete. I have been struggling this season with my cyclo-cross racing. Feeling wiped out before even getting to the […]

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Double Day

Double Day

Normally when I write about a “double day” this means a double work-out day – a morning ride on the cyclo-cross bike and an afternoon ride on my road bike. But this was not the case on Tuesday. Nope on this day, “double day” meant: endoscopy and colonoscopy… Yes the dreaded double procedure. Purpose of […]

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Moving Forward

Well, after must procrastination, I made an appointment with my gastro doctor on Monday. I got in to see him today, and I’m really glad I did. I must admit, I don’t like going to the doctor – I’m one of those people who “hopes” and “assumes” things will get better. But after a rather […]

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Checking In

Since my rather down-in-the-dumps post, I thought it would be best to check in and let you all know how I’m doing. First off, I have to say that I think writing that post was the best thing I could do for my mental state. I really just got my sad feelings out of my […]

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Pity Party

Pity Party

You might be surprised that I’ve titled this post: Pity Party. But I have to be honest with you, I’m finding things hard right now. I’ve been in this flare since May 19, tried all sorts of medicine, and now after two weeks of being on steroids, I’m still not feeling much better. I guess […]

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