Kelly hit the nail right on the head. Times like this make your "friends" show their true colors. I've been pleasantly surprised by some and very disappointed in others. Its too bad UC doesn't get more publicity/awareness. People generally just think you go to the bathroom a lot and have no idea about all the other negative stuff like dealing with a life-long disease for the first time, the embarrassment of accidents, the depression you can feel, the awful side effects of medications, and the fear of surgery always being in the back of your mind. Only your true friends will take the time to learn about you're dealing with and try to help you through it.
Female, 30. Chicago 'burbs.
DX: Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament: Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG 4X daily (as needed), Tylenol, and Acidophilus 2X daily.
Diet/Exercise: No sugar (including fructose, sorbitol, mannitol, and lactose) or wheat bran fiber. Daily yoga, walking, or cardio w/weights.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status: Flare (showing some improvement)