Colitis Stories

Below are the complete list of stories that have been submitted by users of the website. They are mostly written by ulcerative colitis patients (UC’ers), but there are also some stories from parents, family, and friends of UC folks too. Some stories are about the initial diagnosis while others are about hard and sometimes happy times that follow after you know for sure you have UC.

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How Can You Go on a Long Hike With Ulcerative Colitis

So, a few days ago I received a message from a mother of a UC’er asking about people who had experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with ulcerative colitis. For those who don’t know, that particular trail is in the Eastern United States and runs from Georgia up to Maine. The length is around 2,200 miles or 3,500 km. Most people don’t hike the whole trail… Read More »How Can You Go on a Long Hike With Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. David Rubin MD

COVID-19 Vaccine Thoughts from a World Class IBD Doctor

The time is getting close with regards to several different vaccines being ready for the general public to help combat COVID-19. For those of us living with ulcerative colitis, it is once again a crossroads of tons of information, decisions we need to make, and trust in ourselves and the healthcare system. Not an easy time, but we have all been here many times before(well…minus… Read More »COVID-19 Vaccine Thoughts from a World Class IBD Doctor

Karen’s Severe Flare Story

I am 75 and diagnosed with UC in 2015 which I think was caused by months of antibiotics for infection after surgery. Current Symptoms: Bloody watery diarrhea with little stool,cramping,bloating and urgency. Awful fatigue and weakness and lightheadedness Karen’s Story: I am currently in a bad flare which has been going on for months. I am losing a lot of blood and watery stools. I… Read More »Karen’s Severe Flare Story

Quick Update, thanks for asking Julie, you are too sweet, plus a Water tip

This was a quick story in the form of a video mainly about the idea of adding more water than usual to my daily routine the past few months and how I think it has definitely made a positive impact on my life and general health.  The goal is that others should be able to give this a try without too much hassel if you… Read More »Quick Update, thanks for asking Julie, you are too sweet, plus a Water tip