Well since this is the “Venting Area”, I guess I’ll start by saying I was just diagnosed with UC this past February, even though its felt like 10 years.
It has definitely been a complete life change for me physically and mentally. I’m starting to get used to it, a little. I don’t think a day has gone by that I don’t think about what “normal” was and how my life has changed so much. I don’t really know how I got Ulcerative Colitis. I’ve been healthy my entire life (23 years), played football since I was 7 years old, always involved in sports, happy-go-lucky until one day I began crampping terribly at work and it was difficult to do anything. I noticed I was having to go to the bathroom, but nothing was coming out, so I figured I ate something and its making me constiipated. Then after about a week my supervisor advised me to go to the ER. They gave me some meds and sent me on my way. Well after a few days things got WORSE. Stools of pure blood and all night bowel movements. I went back to the ER and I was admitted. After a week of tests, colonoscopy, and IVs, I was diagnosed with UC… haha little did I know what a life changer it would be. I accepted the fact I had a chronic illness, but am still trying to cope with the symptoms and limitations on certain things. The hardest part is not being able to eat what I want when I want. And if I do, I better able to deal with the consequences. But anyways, I happened to stumble upon this website one day and its definitely nice to relate to others because if you don’t have UC, you have no clue what we go through. But I have my 2nd Remicade infusion on Wednesday, hopefully I’ll start seeing a difference :) didnt see any drastic changes after the first one. Just wondering how many infusions until I might start seeing a difference..