I'm actually in clinical remission, Eva. My last colonoscopy was absolutely normal - no signs of UC whatsoever. I am not, however, exactly as I was before the disease struck. Instead on once a day, I go about
three times. Maybe some of that is because my brain has been retrained to get my feet moving toward the bathroom as soon as I feel the urge, I don't know.
I spent about
three months in anger ("Why me?") before I went into denial ("I'll be one of the few who goes into remission and never has any more problems") for about
ten months. After the first 13 months of going to the bathroom at least every 45 minutes during my waking hours and at least every 2 hours all night, I was forced to give up the denial and admit that my life had changed forever.
You know what? Change is okay. My normal now isn't what it was ten years ago, but it's okay. I live a very functional life, basically do what I want and enjoy each day to its fullest because I never know what tomorrow will bring. My UC is in remission now, the Graves disease was successfully treated 'way before I got the UC, the Remi is actually making my arthritis amazingly better. So now my immune system has turnd in another direction and I'm developing excema. I just have to laugh. I've developed a view of my immune system as being a super-hero type set up to defend me. Unfortunately, it's one of those flawed types that flies into walls or fells building with its laser eyes or can't tell the difference between me and what it is supposed to be defending me from. So, while I deplore its aim, I have to admire its strength and persistence.
Judy - Southern US
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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