I have had this for 16 years and in those 16 years it took a long time for me to accept the fact that I have a lifelong illness. However, I say that I have UC, UC doesn't have me. I try not to let Uc run my life. I still get out there and have fun and can honestly say that there has only been a few handful of times where it was nearly impossible to leave the house. Sure, when I flare it depresses me because I feel like total doggy doo but I pick up the pieces and start over again. One thing I have learned on HW is that everyone deals with their condition differently. But I think that if you have a positive outlook on life, it can actually make you feel better or at least put your mind in the correct light.
I believe the biggest challenge we have today is that the fact that not many people KNOW about
Uc nor it's emotional impact it has on us. It's a challenge when you have to plan your day around a flare and it's especially difficult to explain to a friend, whom you've already made plans with and actually felt good THAT afternoon when you talked to him/her, that there is just no way you can out NOW because you can't get off the toilet.
But am I stronger today then I was 16 years ago? Yes, most definately. I now also have a greater compassion for anyone that has to deal with a chronic illness.
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Posted 2/6/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)
I want to thank all of you who gave me some insite on UC. I did my presentation and rather than being boring and something that no one was interested in it was really great. I got a ton of questions and I think my fellow students have a better understanding of not only UC, but what it is to have a cronic illness. My hope is they will take our class more seriously and learn as much as they can about our bodies so new ideas maybe created to deal with these illnesses. Again thank you for sharing your stories....oh and I got an A!!!!!!!
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