Finally completed my MBA - Thank you!

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Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 3/11/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

It has been a long while since I posted as I was very busy with business school. Well, I will admit that it's been one of the toughest times of my life. I was diagnosed with UC about 1 year before I began the MBA, and until a few weeks ago I have been flaring non-stop, apart from the times I used prednisone.

UC affected the MBA experience for me as it made me:

Have to go to class early every day to get a seat at the back of the class-room, nearest to an exit, so that I could manage the 15 second clenched-butt sprint to the toilet 10-30 times a day.

Get over my ego and wear diapers to exams so that I wouldn't have to go in the middle of an exam. Oddly enough, I never had the urge to go during an exam; but that may be because I also didn't eat solids for 2 days before any exam.

Have serious brain-freeze, especially when tapering off prednisone.

Not spend as much time as I would have liked to with my classmates, as I stopped drinking alcohol and could not eat out much.

However, I also learned that no non-stop BM's/urgency/migraine/bleeding/mucous/anemia/blood transfusion/weight-loss/weight-gain/moon-face/colonoscopy preps are going to stop me from living up to my potential, and I graduated at the top of my class at one of the best Universities out there. Hint: It's always been one of the top 2 in England, and competes in the annual boat race.

The help I got from this forum got me through the long days. Even though I didn't post messages, on days when things were really bad I would get on the forum and read posts just to remember that there's others out there who are fighting just as hard as I am to make something of their lives, with or without UC.

A few words of compassion go a long way, and even if they may have been written in reply to someone else's post, I could relate to them.

I have been trying many different therapies and am much, much better now - dare I say, almost in remission. I will post a message later on with what is working for me and will also update my signature...but I just wanted to say thank you for being there for me.

.......and if any of you know of anyone who is looking for an accomplished and extremely diligent MBA grad to join their team, then do get in touch. I'm back in the USA and looking for work now. Any guidance is much appreciated.

Thanks again.

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 3/11/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   

As a student myself it's hard to even imagine myself in your situation years from now. Having actually graduated. Your story is inspirational and shows that people can do it despite having UC.

Good luck with your new career!

Elite Member

Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30986
   Posted 3/11/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update! How awesome you've done so well while going through your toughest time with UC!

All the best in your future endeavours!
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 458
   Posted 3/11/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That is quite an accomplishmrent, I hope you are treating yourself to something special, you deserve it.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 3/11/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats! Best of luck with your job search!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

James l
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 3/11/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that is an amazing story. Graduating from your top of your class from that school. just amazed.
guessing that your gpa was close to 4. I'm having very hard time keeping it close to just 3.8.

I hope I do as well as you and hard work gets paid off soon.
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. still crapping out yeast.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, garlic, aloe vera

in semi remission

Rio in Maryland
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 3/12/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!
Rio, 33 year old male
175 mg Azathioprine
8 x 400 mg Asacol

Old Hat
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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!! smilewinkgrin  That's terrific news. Perseverence really does matter-- so you're entitled to feel proud of yourself. Best wishes for your job search. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Rio in Maryland
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 3/13/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Old Hat! (and I hope you're keeping well)

I also wanted to post this message so that others who are studying, or are planning to study, don't get discouraged by UC.

At times, it was embarrassing going to class with a huge moon-face and feeling spaced out from prednisone and I wanted to tell my class-mates that this wasn't the 'real' me (I didn't tell anyone that I had UC); but then you realize that it's not that big a deal, and you just need to get on with doing your own thing - and still maintain a sense of humor, and the ability to laugh at yourself.

I had an interview during that time last year, and it ended up being something straight out of a comedy skit.

I had not eaten anything since the day before, because I wanted to be able to sit through the entire interview, and I was really, really spaced out from tapering prednisone. So, though I focused hard and answered all the interviewer's questions and calculations very well, I screwed up when at the end of the hour-long interview instead of saying 'bye' and walking out, I experienced momentary brain-freeze and actually said 'hello' to both interviewers...awkward moment/pregnant pause because they weren't sure what to say then...and then I walked out pretending nothing had happened.

Needless to say, they didn't call back - and I haven't gone back on prednisone since, and hopefully never again.

It's all good...
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 3/13/2009 10:50:03 AM (GMT-6)

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