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.
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3 epidural injections-worked great!, OA in my fingers -Celebrex and Tylonel Arthritis
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