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   Posted 3/7/2009 4:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,
I've noticed that a lot of members have some sort of inspirational saying in their signature.  I'm interested in gathering a bunch of them both for myself and so I have little bits of inspired wisdom to quote when I feel someone needs a pick-me-up.  I'm sure that everyone has some saying they say to themselves when things are tough, either because of UC or just life in general.  Could you please put down what yours is, and what it means to you?
This is mine:
"I see UC as a rock that is about to hit me.  In truth it is really just a pebble that I will always have to carry around."
To me, I've viewed UC as a something that defines who I am, and I'm always preparing myself for the next flare.  It helps to remember that life goes on, and that UC is just something that I have to deal with, not what my life revolves around.
Thanks to all who help me out!
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: LDN 3.0mg, Florastor, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, buproprion, fluoxetine, vit E, D, zinc, and pancreatic enzymes.

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   Posted 3/7/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Your saying makes sense regarding UC or any thing else for that matter. I like it.

A fact/saying I've learned through therapy is "it's all a matter of perspective".... for there is never only one.

One card I purchased but didn't intend to gave away states "Never teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig".
I perceive it to mean that one cannot force something to happen no matter the good intention. It could mean for oneself or towards another.

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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
When I still have trouble accepting UC, I say this quote from Randy Pausch: "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." UC has changed me in some positive ways--and I should be focusing on that instead of the negative ones.
Charlotte Bronte: "I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." I really need to work on this one!
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I intended to be."
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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if this is actual quote from someone and it stuck in my memory but I don't like to think about my future with Uc and especially if I am having a good day.

"Learn from the past, don't look to the future, but live in the now."

And of course the present saying is always good: Live, laugh, love - Live well, laugh often, love much. My daughter actually got me to think about this. I have a rug in my kitchen that says this and I have a plaque on my wall with this saying, so it reminds me often. My take on this is, live as well as you can regardless of the circumstance and if something goes wrong, laughing always makes the heart lighter and remember to love everyone as they love you.
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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   

That which does not kill me, makes me stronger" - Milton.


I feel all of us on this forum are like a family or in other words the sayings below explain it better. The bond between UCers is getting stronger.

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”


There is an interesting observation by Milton Olsen, on the behaviour of Siberian geese, telling amazing things about teamwork.


You must have seen flocks of geese, heading south for the winter flying along in a “V” formation. Scientists have discovered, “why they fly that way”.

By flying in “V” formation the whole flock can fly at least 71 percent farther than each bird can fly alone.


It has been learnt that when a goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the word that is following.

(Lesson learnt: Sense of togetherness and common goal makes assignment easier)


When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and allows another goose to take the lead position.

(Lesson learnt: Sharing responsibility keeps-up efficiency)


These geese honk from behind to encourage those in the front.

(Lesson learnt: Encouraging, Cheering-up and supporting the leader to keep-it-up)


When a goose falls out of the formation, it immediately feels the resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back to formation.

(Lesson learnt: Rewards of synergy, teamwork are understood with the increased resistance faced while flying solo)


Finally, when one goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out of formation, two geese will follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it, until it is either able to fly or is dead, and then they will join a new formation to catch up with their group.

(Lesson learnt: One must stand by those among us, in their time of need)


This is reality of life that we cannot do everything on our own. To make life work we need someone, like-wise someone needs us.


Teams can always do more than individuals because team involve more people, thus, they have more resources, more energy and more ideas…




Cricket Wisdom


“Life is just like a one-day match, with limited overs. We cannot afford to be complacent and waste time or opportunities, because it is not remaining in the crease; but scoring that makes us win.”


“If you are not in form, then make way (delegate and empower) for your colleagues to perform and score because the pace must be set and maintained.”


“Use the strength of your opponent, by tactfully handling the situations. When your opponent throws a bouncer, do not try a straight drive and waste your strengths, instead use tact and deflect the ball for a boundary.”


“When you are on the way to success, like a unstoppable scoring batsman. Watchout!, your competitors, who are more in number will  spare no efforts and opportunities to restrain and ousting you. Victory lies in understanding their strategy, finding loose ends (gaps in their defence) and score.”


“Maintain stamina, be in good health and keep yourself fighting fit, this is also equally important alongwith the skill of game.”


“Consults, who are experienced are very important to business. Same like, are the team managers who are old players and seasoned men, who have performed and have experienced different situations and competitors.”



The best victory

is to conquer self


Life is not a race, Life is not a sporting event either, with only one winner and only one prize.


Had it been like that, it would have left nothing much to live, for the rest of us. Fortunately in every life, especially, in every working life there are thousands of prizes to be won; which mean, every one of us can be a winner; and there are prizes for all of us; whether we are bosses, managers, office boys or factory floor workers.


The great thing is that, to be a winner in the game of life, one rarely has to beat any other person, in the sense of making them lose and feel like losers.


In order to begin winning the

only person, you have to conquer is yourself.


As noted by Ronald Osborn

(“Unless you try to do something beyond

What you have already mastered, you will never grow”



Always, seek to excel yourself.

Put yourself in competition, with yourself each day.

Each morning, look upon your work of yesterday and then try to improvise it.

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. Walt Disney


The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the path of weak, becomes a stepping stone in the path of the strong. Thomas Carlyle.


Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger.



45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery

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   Posted 3/7/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   


The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a
small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him.
Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to
protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in
flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and
everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger.

He cried out, "God! How could
you do this to me?" Early the next day, he was
awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue
him! "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your
smoke signal," they replied.

The Moral of This Story: It' s easy to get discouraged
when things are going bad, but we shouldn' t lose heart,
because God is at work in our lives... even in the midst of our pain and

Remember that the next time your little hut seems to
be burning to the ground. Who knows, it just may be a smoke signal that
summons the grace of God.

45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery

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   Posted 3/7/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude- Maya Angelou
I know that's hard to do with UC but its a nice reminder
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
4 400mg Asacol 2x daily, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
John Lennon

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Total Posts : 274
   Posted 3/7/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   

See my signature....this one is one I really have to keep remembering.


Chuck - 28 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 08 - pancolitis
Pentasa 500mg 2pills-4x daily
Prednisone 50mg tapering ... 5mg day - Calicium + Vit D
Multivitamin, vitamin C, probiotics, fish oil
"If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?"

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   Posted 3/8/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to the people who have contributed so far. Seems like most of us are having some problems accepting things, but we all have great ways to remind ourselves that it is what it is. Anyone else have a favorite saying?
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: LDN 3.0mg, Florastor, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, buproprion, fluoxetine, vit E, D, zinc, and pancreatic enzymes.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/8/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
--Dr. Seuss

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
--Dr. Seuss

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
--William Arthur Ward

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
— Christopher Reeve

The last one is my favorite. I used it as my yearbook quote because it really sums up my UC and surgery.
Diagnosed with UC 10/12/06
Daughter of Bennie
17 years old
Flared 3 times in a year and a half tried almost all medicines
Current Meds:None!!
JPouch Step 1 of 2 on July 3

Anniegetyour gun
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   Posted 3/19/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I am just so glad that I found this site. One cannot believe the comfort knowing there are others out there who in spite of their illness/situations, can still share positively into another person's life. I am truly encouraged by reading how we al cope with different situations.

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   Posted 3/19/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   

"And I shall come to you a boundless drop to a boundless ocean" - Kahlil Gibran

Read that in his book, "The Prophet" and it has always stayed with me.

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

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   Posted 3/19/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hakuna Matata. lol. i love the timon and pumba.

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   Posted 3/19/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Lion King was my favorite movie as a kid! I actually watched "Hakuna Matata" on youtube a few days ago, lol.

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   Posted 3/19/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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Total Posts : 119
   Posted 3/20/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
"I had ulcerative colitis."
It's been one month since part two of j-pouch surgery, and I feel great for the first time in four months.
Most importantly, no colitis meds since mid November - need I say more?
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