Some Sammy Facts to Start Out:
Hello, my name is Sammy, and i have had Ulcerative Colitus for over 4 years now. I’ve recently turned 23 and i am frustrated beyond belief with the condition i have. I try to be up beat but its difficult when the energy keeps going out the other end 5 to 6 times a day. I don’t work, i can’t work but fill my time with writing and doing art work. I love writing, I am actually in the progress of almost finishing my autobiography. As you can imagine, there will be some parts of me talking about UC but i have a lot to say.
I’ve had UC for over 4 years now, on a good day i go about 2 to 3 times a day, on a bad day, i can go up to 10. Sounds unreal right, but its true. I’ve spoken to over 20 different doctors over this. Just recently i’ve had an increase of pain just under my breasts that feels like some ones pressing hard on me. I take a strong co-co damal to relieve myself of the pain, but it can make me really drowsy. I would do a lot for a stress free life.
I don’t have a life. I feel very restricted with the outside world. If i had the chance, i would be out and about all the time. I would do so much just to have a normal life and have a job and more people to meet and have adventures with. I know for a fact that i gathered my problem of UC through stress. I am better with my stress worries than before. Living with a mentally and partly physically abusive father never helped growing up, but i am happy to say that i am no longer in that environment of that dilemma. I studied art and design at college for 3 years and carried onto university at Southampton for a year and a half. Unfortunately, i had to drop out of there as my stomach condition took over and left me (almost literally) nowhere. The only thing that keeps me going is my writing and the urge to learn and do so much more. I guess i should look at it from a different angle and realize that its given me the opportunity to get through to writing my biography. If i didn’t have all this spare time, i wouldn’t of learnt the knowledge that i know right now. I am grateful for this.
I’ve heard of the ileostomy bag??? and was wondering if anyone (sorry to say but preferably a girl) similar age as me has got the bag on the side.
I’ve done some research on the bag on the side and just want some straight forward answers.
My questions are:
-Is it worth doing?
-Is life easier with it?
-Is life better handled to get on with?
-Is it okay to sleep with at night.
Questions like that. Please get in contact with me with any answers, i am desperate to know ? :)
Where I’d like to be in a year:
Happier with my problem. Preferably have a solution and a number 1 best seller on the shelves of every book store. Ha ha, you never know :)
Sammy’s Drugs Right Now:
I am currently taking Lansoprazole to control the amount of times i go.
I also take a strong co-codamal (15mg/500mg) for when the pain really kicks in. Plus it 80% of the time gives me a good nights sleep :)
written by Sammy
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area