Hi, I’m Jen and I was diagnosed with UC when I was 4 years old. I’m now a senior in high school and kind of freaking out about dealing with college and my UC. I am having a colonoscopy this month to check in and make sure my medication is still working.
Some more about me:
Something interesting about me, oh man. Well, I am the editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper and I love to write and take photos (of other people!!). I moved from Cali to Indiana when I was 8 years old, and now I’m VERY familiar with snow. I play Just Dance with my BFF Rachael and my favorite movie is either Grease or The Breakfast Club.
Currently, I am considered to be in remission, but I still experience a lot of stomach pains and diarrhea.
So, here goes:
I was a troubled baby.
When I was born, I had meconium in my lungs. That must have been terrifying for my mom.
Three days after I was sent home, I went back to the hospital to measure my development. (PS: I was born on 10/28, so I went back to the hospital on Halloween)
There they discovered that I hadn’t gained any weight or gotten any longer.
So they did a spinal tap and a bunch of tests to figure out what was wrong.
Turns out, I endured all of the testing for nothing. I was just fine.
Anyway, when I was 4, or so my mom tells me, I started having rectal bleeding and blood in my stool. This scared my mom, so she rushed me to the hospital, where they did a colonoscopy to determine that I had either Chron’s or UC. We still don’t know which one it is to this day.
The outcome of this was me being started on suppositories, I can’t remember the name. That was truly dreadful (and embarrassing). My mom would do it, my school nurse would do it.
I went on the many different kinds of pills, but I can only remember two of them.
One was so big I had to cut it in half and take both pieces separately.
The other one had a gel casing and was also large, but luckily for me, I was able to break it apart and mix the inside with pudding so I could take it.
I have a lot of bad memories about UC. One of the worst is one time when I was younger, I had a seizure. My eyes rolled back, I shook. I remember being terrified and being told it had to do with me having UC.
Right now, I am taking Asacol, three pills, 2 times a day.
written by Jen B
submitted in the colitis venting area