36 and married with two young children. Current stay at home Mom and part-time supervisor of student teachers for a university. Former high school teacher…couldn’t imagine doing that now with my current symptoms!
Some more about me:
I am very active…chase around two toddlers, exercise and run regularly, volunteer a lot. Former junk food junkie, but changing my ways now.
My Colitis Story:
I was diagnosed about seven years ago. Flare ups came and went, but not really a big deal and didn’t even treat with medication. After my second pregnancy, I have been unable to control my flare ups for the past year. Fortunately, I made the change from teaching full time to staying at home with my children, so I have not had to deal with the fatigue, pain, and inconvenience while at a place of work, but it has been pretty miserable not being able to keep up with my babies the way I should. How do people with UC work in a place of business???
I have been on an unending combination of Asacol / Lialda, Prednisone, enemas for the past year, but I am looking to get off the medications and try to treat this with a change in diet and with supplements.
I have just started a gluten free diet and would love advice on what supplements to take and how much. My doctor has never even mentioned any of the supplements I have read about on this site, so I would really appreciate any advice you all can give me to get started on a good regimen. I hate the meds and they aren’t really working and I do not want to go to the next level of immunosuppressants my doctor is suggesting.
As a stay at home Mom, I know I have a lot of continuous stress in my life. “Rest” and “relaxation” are not in my vocabulary with a three year old and a one year old on the loose. Vacations without the kids and spas are a little out of the price range, but I find peace in running. I think yoga might be a good source for de-stressing, too. I would love to hear my other ideas you might have!
Thank you all so much for your advice. I am determined to get this in remission through diet, supplements, and a little less stress!
written by Lindsey
submitted in the colitis venting area