I do apologize that I have no e-mail access at this time. I will be back online Dec. 18th. I am an academy with no access to any e-mail, not even my normal military address.
Good luck with your medical board. I was non-deployable for 3 years, which meant I could only go to schools and places in the United States. I was re-evaluated in Aug 2008, and came back fully qualified to deploy. However........I then took the "flu-mist" intranasal vaccine which happens to be a "live" vaccine, and have been in a crazy flare since the beginning of Oct.
My best advice to you is to work as hard as you can to KEEP your colon before you have anything removed. It isn't spelled out in black and white in the regs so it is up to the board. Hopefully you have a panel of
openminded doctors that have done their research about
UC. Most "regualr" doctors only know the basics, and fail to realize you can live a healthy, and productive life with this disease. It is up to you to speak up for yourself and YOUR OWN health. Yes, you belong to the government but YOUR health is in YOUR control.
I am sorry again we cannot e-mail before your board. I really think you and I are in the same boat.
Take care, and Good Luck
Thank you for your committment to the Marines!
Misdiagnosed with Diverticulitis in 2002
Diagnosed with moderate UC in 2002
Still serving 14 years in the Air National Guard
Colozal 750mgx3, 3 times a day
Entocort 9mg a day
3000mg Fish Oil
Rowasa enemas as needed