This is Hailey (from the letter lol)
I've been recently introduced to this platform by my mom who was the person who wrote my letter all those years ago. I'm not really sure how to navigate this space quite yet but it is comforting knowing there is an incredibly supportive network of people out there who are all looking to live a normal life.
I guess I could give some updates if anyone was interested. Thankfully, I am and have not been suffering from any severe UC symptoms since the day I got better. I do have a small flareup here and there and my doctor typically prescribes me with flagyl and my symptoms die out. However, I have since developed a few (probably) unrelated health problems including pretty intense contact dermatitis to a range of things as well as most recently, psoriasis. I am now being treated with Stelara for psoriasis which is a biologic. Stelara has some evidence of helping IBD symptoms, namely for Chron's disease but there is some hope that it aids UC as well. I am hopeful that it will help both conditions and my colonoscopy this summer will come back with minimal inflammation. My parents were really scared to send me off to college with my strange skin problems and the possibility of a flare up in college so they wanted me to stay local. I am now a junior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where I am studying Biochemistry and Psychology and hoping to go on to medical school.
I guess thats a little bit about
Although I have not recently been suffering from any symptoms of UC specifically, I want those in this forum to know that I am here to talk, especially to maybe younger people who are struggling socially with UC and to let them know I am in their corner. I remember how horrible it was going to the bathroom in school, being on different diets and medications and feeling like I just wanted to be normal. I want everyone to know they are not alone, and we're in this together.