essay on UC in NYT

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   Posted 3/2/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
This essay in the new york times is about living with UC.
Pancolitis dx 3/07
9 Colazal a day
150mg Imuran/day (was steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Rowasa in PM once/week (my GI says research shows once/week helps maintain remission)
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   Posted 3/2/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing that...

I had to laugh when she described the things she delighted in so much that everyone else calls normal. For me, it was the first time I headed to the bathroom and pee-ed standing up! LOL I was ecstatic!! For you guys out there, you hear what I'm saying.

Began Humira on 10 Jan 2009
Second injection: two pens on 24 Jan 2009
Third injection: two pens on 07 Feb 2009
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Rowasa nightly
Canasa daily
Lialda X3
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   Posted 3/3/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   

The one day that I don't read the NYTimes there's a UC article! :)

I'm in the same place--in remission, but always worried about when I'll flare next.

You wrote this article, right? I liked the lines "Afraid to believe in something so ephemeral as remission, reluctant to trust this coquettish sweetness called normalcy," "It’s a contract scribbled on a rain cloud," and "Like a mama bird, he is gently nudging me out of the nest. He wants me to fly away."

How does one become a contributer to a newspaper or magazine? I've always wondered about that.
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Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (6 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, Forvia, 6 Colazal, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement, 20 mg Prozac, VSL #3

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   Posted 3/3/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Very well written. This something that I have believed in for a long time. I KNOW I will flare again but in the meantime, I live life as if I don't have a chronic illness. Sure, I know that it will always be there but when I am feeling normal I want to enjoy what life has to offer. I live in the now and I try not to worry about tomorrow. I believe this is a huge hurdle that many people have to overcome.
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   Posted 3/3/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanx for sharing.  That was great.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Great article! Your words certainly summed up my feelings with UC. Thanks for being a spokesperson for many.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 3/3/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a Great Article! I love her words ". I can take road trips with my husband, and attend movies at the mall. I can make plans and keep them. "
Lialda (4 pills/day), Canasa (as needed), 6MP, probiotics, multivitamin

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   Posted 3/3/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic article.

Thanks for sharing.
Pancolitis - Diagnosed on 9/6/07
Asacol 4 pills 3x's daily
Imuran 150mg.
Calcium with Vit. D Tablets

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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Kudos! I really enjoy reading your articles Lauren :)
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Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/4/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Great articles. You are a very good writer and describe the emotions and thought processes of myself almost perfectly. I have shared them with all of my friends and family that have asked a lot about UC, but you did a good job of putting my feelings, thoughts, hopes, and fears into words.

Thanks for sharing.
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Omega 3 - 1 per day

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   Posted 3/4/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
The author is lucky. Most of the GIs I've seen seem to take the attitude of "Your remission is a fluke. It will be over soon. Call us when you flare again," even though I've pretty much been in remission for years. It would be nice to find one who's happy about my success.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yet another fantastic article, congratulations!! I'll be forwarding this to all of my family, just like the last one. Thanks so much--
Erica, 31
Pancolitis, diagnosed July 2006, at age 29
Imuran, Asacol, Rowasa*(new!)
Experimenting with diet, live culture yogurt and probiotics

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