Welcome to HealingWell, Amare, and thank you for introducing yourself.
Adjusting to having any chronic condition, much less one that is embarrassing and personal, is a difficult process. It's sort of like going through all the stages of grieving, if you've read about
those. First we have to get over thinking "No, not me, this will go away. I'll be that very rare person who has one flare then never any more problems." For some of us (me), that takes a year or so. Then we enter the "Why me?" stage. Once we realize the only answer to that is "Why not?", we can move on. Give yourself time to grieve. While this disease isn't as bad as we all tend to think initially, it's still a lefe-changing, self-concept shattering event.
Glad to hear you're learning to be positive. This DD tends to teach us to be patient, to embrace the good stuff and to let the bad stuff go.
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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