Paul, you are not normal

My GI doctor said that to me once.  I think I had told him that I just want to live a normal lifestyle.  If you have Inflammartory Bowel Disease (IBD), you probably want to be normal again as well.  Well, I had to face it, I do have to do things differently than people who don’t have IBD and, although I have suffered for a long time, things have gotten better for me – but I’m still not “normal”.   You might have guessed that my name is Paul and this is the first time I’ve ever blogged about my ulcerative colitis.  Just like in the commercials you see on T.V. with the pro athletes, I too never saw it coming.  I am hoping that by sharing some of my experiences with you through Adam’s awesome blog that I just happened to stumble on, you may gain some benefit from my experiences.

A little about me.  I’ll be turning 42 this month.  I’ve been dealing with IBD (ulcerative proctitis and colitis in particular) since I was 30.  I am a senior software engineer at a large aerospace company.  I am married with a wonderful wife and three awesome daughters.  I am also a karate instructor and enthusiast.  I plan to share with the readers of this website my experiences with regard to ulcerative colitis treatment, various alternative treatments I’ve tried, and most importantly, my experiences with trying to maintain my sanity while trying to do all the “normal” things that people want to do with work, social situations, family situations, hobbies and just living your life the way you want to.  I may also share some experiences in dealing with insurance companies.  I’ve been through almost all of the standard treatments and until recently, was even considering having my colon removed.  I’m a pretty busy guy but I will blog when I can because if it can help people like us, then that makes it a worth while thing to do.




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3 Responses to Paul, you are not normal

  1. Melissa McDowell March 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    You know, I have spoken to many many many people over the last few years who have these kinds of problems. I think they are far more common than they once were and I’m sure the S.A.D. is a huge factor.

    So, we’re normal people responding to a diet that is NOT normal for our species.

    • Paul Willoughby March 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Melissa,
      Is SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder or something else? I know you’ve mentioned to me before that the food pyramid is out of wack and that the result is more obesity, diabetes and other diseases. I have been trying to stick to a meat and veggie diet but it is sometimes difficult not to get exposed to grains.

      Paul

  2. Amy April 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    SAD = Standard American Diet

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