Starting the Healing Process


I’m 18 years old currently studying in college for health science and was diagnosed with UC when I was 17. I live in Canada and was also born in Canada

My Symptoms:

Currently I am symptom free

My Story:

Hi I’m 18 years old and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about a year ago. I had no idea what it was and my doctor put me on salofalk. 8 tablets a day and an enema. It worked for about 8 months and then I had a really bad flare and became severely anemic due to the blood loss. I went back to my doctor about a month ago and he put me on prednisone. I have had no severe side effects of prednisone except for insomnia and a little heart burn. I am currently tapering off the prednisone. I believe in the scd diet and have started it about two weeks ago. When I asked my doctor if there is any food that I can avoid eating that caused my symptoms he simply told me that food has nothing to do with ulcerative colitis and that I can eat what ever I want to eat. I thought that was funny because for me the food that I ate had everything to do with my symptoms. For example when I ate pizza and ice cream and sugary foods my symptoms of UC would retu rn. I am currently in college studying health science and trying to become a paramedic.

My concern in will this disease prevent me from becoming a paramedic. But right now I am, strictly following the scd diet and have noticed improvement.

My other concern is at will my symptoms return once I get off the prednisone but still follow the scd diet. Sometimes when I am in a flare up I usually stay at home because I am afraid to have an accident in public I case I can’t find a washroom in time. I am also taking fish oil supplements because I hear that they also reduce inflammation.

Where I’d like to be in a year:

I would like to be completely symptom free and drug free in a year also still following th scd diet in a year

Colitis Medications and Herbs I’m taking:

Currently taking prednisone
Fish oil

written by Hutching

submitted in the colitis venting area

3 thoughts on “Starting the Healing Process”

  1. Hi Hutching!

    I’m so sorry to read all that you have been through, but it seems like you are on the right track!
    I am also taking turmeric, fish oil, and probiotics. You might think about adding Vitamin D too.

    We have all been there… when I was flaring, I also stayed in for months… I was terrified to leave my house because I was afraid of having an accident or not being able to find a restroom while out in public… it does get better. :)

    And keep following your gut (literally)! If you know that pizza, ice cream, sugary stuff, etc. upset you, then avoid them! I avoid all gluten, almost all dairy, soy, corn, peanuts, and sugar/fructose. It’s basically an “anti-inflammatory” diet. I have learned to love almonds, cashews, almond butter, almond flour, almond milk, almond meal… you name it!!! :)

    Hang in there, take care!
    Hugs from Minnesota!

  2. Hi Hutching,

    I love to hear the ‘symptom free’ stories!!

    Yey for you!! Keep doing what you’re doing…it’s working. Try not to worry to much about things you can’t control…no point in that…it’ll just drive you nuts!!


  3. Hi, im also 18 with UC in college. I would advise that you don’t let UC EVER keep you from being what you want to be. I took an EMT class and have gone on a few runs with my UC so i believe you can do it too!
    Your doc obviously don’t know what hes talking about when he say food and UC are completely separate, anyone who has UC can tell you there linked. I tend to just make note of what makes me feel like crap the next day, no specific diets for me though.
    Good luck with all your endeavors and becoming a paramedic, im sure you’ll make a great one having been in the patient position yourself!

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