Reading your first post was like watching my life flash by in instant replay.
I'm from England and many of us back then used to eat sweets like crazy; when I moved to the U.S.A and found stores that sold 'English' sweets, I went to town...forget about having a sweet-tooth, I took it to a whole new level believe me...lol
That said, I believe it's highly (and I mean highly) unlikely that foods 'cause' UC; certain foods can (in my meek opinion) increase symptoms, but not cause UC. Still, I won't completely rule out foods because no one knows the long term effects of preservatives, genetic enhancements - remember taco bell? Steroids, and other chemicals to humans; bearing in mind that we are all made up differently through genetics.
My belief is that stress, antibiotics, the pill or maybe genetics are the cause of UC...whatever causes an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your body. I only developed UC after taking several rounds of powerful antibotics during a period of stress in my life...
But who knows.
Jen, I know your mom loves you but blaming you for something that was out of your control isn't right...to me, it's like blaming someone who has cancer or diabetes and what's worse is that we know to some degree, what causes those diseases, but no one knows 'for sure' what causes UC. This is a horrible condition that puts a tremendous amount of stress on you and there are many frustrating moments were you need her loving and understanding support. I'm a quiet person, but I consider myself a tough guy mentally, due to my upbringing and my track and field training, but there were many moments when I sat down with tears in my eyes, wondering how I was going to make it through the next day.
Other conditions have a few symptoms here and there...but not all at the same time like UC at it's worse:
Extreme fatigue, joint pain that mimics arthritis, muscles that ache, dehydration, the loss of vitamins and minerals that leads to dry skin, eyes that are sensitive to sun light, frequent bowel movements, dizzy spells, flu like symptoms, headaches, bloating, gas, brain fog, etc.
and this is before experiencing side effects from meds!
Please have your mom read this...UC is by far, the worst thing that has ever happened to me and I don't wish it on my worst enemy (if I had one that is)
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007