my name is Jamie, I’m 18 years old and from Dublin, Ireland.
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on September 6th 2011, started Remicade March 31st 2012.
NONE! completely symptom free as of now thanks to the miracle drug that is Remicade.
I’ve been waiting for the day that I get to write this ever since I found this site.
the day where I wouldn’t have to say “I’m nearly in remission”
I didn’t want to jinx myself, so I left it 3 months before posting this, but I’m happy to say that I’m now finally in remission!
after 8 long months of fighting this crappy disease with steroids and mesalazine, myself and my doctors agreed that they were no longer the appropriate treatment for me, and started on Remicade (which I made a post about before starting my treatment.)
I started Remicade in March, by April I was A-Symptomatic but sometimes noticing blood, nothing too major.
on May 18th I had my final induction infusion, after that I had absolutely 0 symptoms!
I’ve had 4 infusions so far, feeling absolutely amazing! had just minor side effects after my infusion. got sick at the start of my 4th one but that was it!
This drug truely is great, I honestly was hesitant to start it, but I don’t know why!
I missed my 17th birthday due to colitis, but my 18th was absolutely great! I went out with my friends, eating, drinking and just having a good time (as 18 year olds do for their 18th, since it’s like the american’s version of 21st! :P) and had absolutely NO problems the next day!
1 bm per day, like clockwork, no running to the toilet, no searing pains (apart from the odd few cramps!) and best of all, no blood!
my hg is back to a normal level, everything is looking good, things are looking up!!
this website has been a great help for me, it made me believe I could achieve remission just like everyone else, and now I have! for 3 months solid! and here’s to many more!!
Where I’d Like to be in 1 year:
doing a course in psychology to start me off towards my doctorate.
Remicade, it’s an abolute miracle! 5mg per kg at the moment every 8 weeks.
written by: Jamieislame
submitted in the colitis venting area
Feel free to read the REMICADE Survey that was conducted at iHaveUC with 35 UC patients in October of 2011: Remicade Survey