If you like happy endings…
You’re gonna like this story. For shore.
So here’s the deal, a year and a half ago a super special person who happens to be living on the Jersey Shore, wrote her story to me which I later published here on the site. (I highly encourage YOU to read it in its entirety along with the 27 plus comments that are currently below it here: https://www.ihaveuc.com/flared-up-with-my-flare-up/. That story was added to the site September 4, 2012, so almost a year and a half ago.)
At the time, she wrote “I am having my first flare-up.. it’s been about 3 weeks but about 3 months in the making.”
She was diagnosed at age 35, spent a hellish week in the hospital from the UC symptoms and was freaked out because she wanted control of her body but was getting into a flare up at the time.
Along with all this, she’d recently lost her business, and had to move with her two young kids back in with mom.
So, it is an absolute privelege to be able to share with you (with Allison’s permission of course) and email she sent me on Saturday January 25th. Here it is from beginning to end:
Hey Adam-Allison from the COLD AND SNOWY Jersey shore here. Hope this email finds you well. I have been super busy but wanted to give you a quick update.I tell people that being in a long UC flare is akin to sitting on the sidelines…. just patiently waiting to get back in the game of life. A serious commitment to SCD diet (among a few other things) brought about remission, health and a serious LUST FOR LIFE.I began substitute teaching a few months back and cannot express how great it is being out in the world again. I am also busy studying for Praxis tests in preparation for an alternate route teaching certification process over the Summer. Hopefully I will have a full-time position teaching Middle School science in the Fall. Cross those fingers.I have the utmost gratitude for you and all the UCer’s for being my bastion of hope, inspiration and courage when times were very dark. It can not be stated how important it is that I could/can connect with people all over the world who understand just what I am going through…So, THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart (and especially my intestines).Please let me know if I can be of service and help out the site in any way.All the best-A
If you keep a positive outlook on things, your health will turn around.
AND, Allison from NJ, I know I’m not alone in saying this, but you are a true UC hero and inspiration to EVERYEONE! (Is it weird to think there’s gonna be people up in Northern Ireland reading this saying…”pass me a pint, that Jersey chicks no joke!!???”
PLEASE do me 2 favors:
- Make sure to read Allison’s original story if you haven’t already (Allison’s first story link) that way you’ll know what she’s been through. (See if you can count how many tattoos she has:)
- Make some goals for yourself if you’re feeling out of control of your UC right now. What, where, how would you like to be getting on in the future (maybe a year and a half from now??))
Take care of yourselves, and a final what’s up to the Jersey Shore!
(in times like this, the very lucky guy to have started this website)
I started site and the eNewsletter(you can join that below) shortly after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (when my whole colon was inflamed).
For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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