I am a 35 year-old female. I am married to a handsome, loving guy and have two sons, ages 12 and seven. I live in Chico, CA.
Some more about me:
I work out (I am currently into the “Insanity” videos). I also take Karate lessons with my two sons four days a week. I’m a full-time student, working on a BA in Liberal Studies+Teaching Credential. Mostly I like to hang out with my family. Weekdays are full and busy, so weekends are for relaxing and shopping. I have a pretty good sense of humor. I like to joke around and be goofy.
I have been having a mild flare. Middle of the night potty visit, major cramping, blood.
UPDATE – 16 Years with UC, Still Active and Happy
I have had UC since January of 1997. Diagnosed at age 20. I really just wanted to update my story because I wrote that I was just starting a casual version of the SCD that so many UC’ers are raving about.
I had ordered the yogurt maker and was anxious to try it out. Well, I made the easy-peezy yogurt and it turned out tasty! I think my body is still adjusting to it but I am still seeing improvement in my symptoms–mostly in the form of actual logs (or more like large sticks). This is something I hadn’t done in quite a few months!
I don’t miss grains or sugars at all because thankfully I’ve come across some absolutely WONDERFUL and easy recipes for bread, muffins, even chips! I have been handing out samples to my friends and family and they all love the stuff. Even my kids love it! I kind of feel blessed that I am on this diet because it is a healthier way to eat. I still can’t quite give up that splash of milk in my tea or that dab of ranch mixed in with my vinegar for dressing, but I am finding new recipes to replace these things; it’s just a matter of taking the time to prepare them.
Like I mentioned before, I have had this disease since 1997–16 years. I have read all kinds of stuff in that amount of time. I have always been proactive in seeking my own truth about this disease. I have also learned how to really listen to my body. I know that junk food is bad for me and that most things that come in a box or a can are junk, but convenience can be so tempting! Cutting out the grains and sugars has been surprisingly easy (and delicious!)
I haven’t started the “Actual” SCD. I plan on giving it a try by this summer.
You know what? Having a poopie problem is humbling, yes, but it’s not the end of the world. Science is coming closer to finding a tolerable medicine for this crap, and the SCD works for thousands of people. I am grateful to Adam and this website for connecting all of us.
I’m on 6mp. So far, so good, although I have been having a mild flare for the past few months. Also taking Colazal. I have taken Shark Liver Oil in the past. It put me into remission. It was from a brand called Master Formulas. One time I switched brands and my symptoms came back.
written by Nikki
submitted in the colitis venting area