Hi all, firstly thanks for being an amazing, responsive and supportive community forum. I've only been here 3 days and I see the difference.
I'm 23 and I was diagnosed with UC about
1 year ago. I had every classic, full-blown symptom of UC for over 12 months, yes you heard right, before seeking medical attention. "Are you crazy??" is a normal reaction. Sever denial is the plain answer. I never knew how bad sever denial can be, until I experienced it. 12 months of blood in stools, only diarhea, acute cramping (tenesmus) before and during, it was so bad, I developed a breathing technique similar to Lamaze just in order to 'go', fevers every night for 3 months prior to dx, 25 lb. weight loss, shortness of breath, major fatique, very pale skin etc.
had just transferred insurance and hadn't chosen a primary care doc and was procrastinating. I don't recall what finally got me to get a PCP and an appointment that week. When the results came back from the diagnostic lab, the doc's office called me up with an emergency. Dr. wanted me to get her office ASAP, to tell me that she wanted me to go to the ER, for a blood transfusion. To her horror, my blood counts and stores were almost off-the-charts and I was freely romping around the city (albeit very tired and slowly).
It was the weekend (less doc's in ER) so waited till the next week and saw a GI and started looooong road to what is now remission. Thank G-d, I feel great and don't think abt UC too often.
At one of the first few visits, my doctor said in awe, "You're a very stoic person, to have gone through ALL that for so long!." I was too embarrassed to answer because the answer would have been, "stoic? you mean stupid, for harming my body so seriously and not taking it seriously!" Strong? maybe, stoic? maybe but silly for not going to a dr, YES.
Slowly, really i spent less and less time thinking abt it and really being able to lead life normally again. ITS SO AMAZING TO BE HEALTHY!!!! I'm so grateful to The One Above for His bringing me through it all and finally to here.
Have my BA in Psychology and considering the Psych. field.
I do Public relations for a small private school here in Manhattan and teach computers to Middle school-ers. I'm involved in an organization that helps families with children with Cancer and other congenital illnesses. In the summer I work as a head Lifeguard in their sleep-away camp. I do respite in hospitals for family members and visit patients on weekends through the Chaplain's office. I love being able to help out and be a support for parents and kids who are sick.
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Muiltivitamin, Iron and Folic Acid supplements
Post Edited (:)) : 3/19/2008 1:31:28 AM (GMT-6)