I'm new. I'm a 45 y/o woman in Atlanta and the first time I got UC I was 26 y/o. I was sick for 2 years before going into remission. I still have no idea why or how I went into remission... maybe just because I was young and strong...? Anyway, I had 15 beautiful years of remission... and then it came back. July 2008 UC came back with a vengance. I maintained pretty good with just Asacol for a long time until I needed an unrelated surgery in April 2009. I'm guessing the massive antibiotics messed me up because it was down hill after that. Around October of 2009 I was on much greater meds and my symptoms worse (1200 mg Asacol, prednisone, flagyl, Cipro, and Lomotil daily, with 20+ stools per day, mucus, bleeding, cramping, lack of control and urgency) when I decided to go holistic and try to find a cure.
I tried lots of diets (and I've read enough here to realize that different diets work for different people. It's trial and error to find what works for any individual.) the first success I had was with David Klien's diet. It took a month, and the diet is so strict I couldn't stay on it, but I stay as close to the guidelines as I could, and after a month I got about 90% well. I had mostly solid stools with occational mucus and rarely some blood. I was also able to get off all the meds except 400 mg Asacol daily.
After about 6 months I began to regress in symptoms again, so I searched for another option. I found the Gerson cancer therapy. I tried it because the diet was similar to the Klien diet but also included fresh, organic vegetable/fruit juices and a theory about detoxing the system that at least sounded like it made sense.
In 7 days, I was back to 90%, and I was able to get off the last medication. So now I have no meds, no blood, no mucus, and my stools were forming up, but now (3 weeks in) they have turned liquid again. I've had increased stress with final papers due (I'm in grad school), but just the same, I want to be 100% cured!
I went back and read this post all the way to the beginning of part 1 and I'm very encouraged. I've been on a low fiber diet for years, so I'm ready to get started. My girlfriend has offered to donate (she's totally healthy and rediculously regular). I'm hoping to start Monday (I've got to finish one more paper first). I'll keep you all posted on how it goes. But first, I want to thank all of you for writing on this threat over the last year and a half. It has encouraged me so much to read about the successes (both long and short). I'm sure I would not have the courage to try something so risky without having read your experiences. In fact, I looked into FT a year ago, but my doctor thought it was too risky, and I decided to try less invasive things. I am very grateful for the improvements I have experienced and I'm sure my improved health will help the donor flora implant and grow.
Cheers Everyone, I'll keep you posted!