Hi Hamley (and everyone new here!). Sorry you have to find this forum but you are very lucky to have found it. It has been a lifesaver for us.
My daughter was diagnosed October 2006. At first we didn't understand the ramifications of UC and told her school and her job that she probably would be OK and back to everything within 2 weeks! We figured it was like a nasty virus, 2 weeks of drugs to get you all better. Who knew?!
Anyway, if you look back to any of our posts (mine or bratcat), you will know that her dad, brothers, and I (ESPECIALLY ME) are extremely supportive and have learned to be very understanding of this disease.
Having said that, it isn't easy to understand or accept. Especially in the beginning. Parents try to figure out how to make their kids better. There is an underlying guilt that we caused it.
I would definitely encourage your parents to read the threads on this forum. Take them to your appointments. Don't feel guilty. This isn't something that you did to yourself.
--Mom of bratcat (17 years old) and nonamejames (19 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Flared Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Asacol, Rowasa, hydrocortisone enemas, prednisone, 6-mp, Remicade
7/3/08-Step 1 j-pouch surgery and no more meds
Son nonamejames was diagnosed with Crohns in Spring 2008
Asacol, Pentasa, 6-mp