First of all, your last post was very well written. I have been dealing with this UC thing for about 2 decades and yes it's always tempting to live in self pity. Venting is healthy and very necessary. Because there is no choice in wanting UC I have the tendency to take the position of just doing the best I can given the cards I was dealt in this life. When you look into the crowd of thousands of people and only see 11 that have UC you have to realize that many hundreds of people have various other problems and crosses to bear, a lot worse that UC. I feel what your saying but looking at it from my perspective helps me cope by realizing that maybe life isn't as bad as I thought.
You make an interesting point about never feeling "sexy" while having UC and being eaten alive. That's wierd for me, I have never let UC have anything to do with my appeal to another. I have a great sense of humor and I am a kind and caring person and UC can't touch that stuff. There may come a time in the future where this thing called UC will be a thing of the past. I just think of certain diseases that we have made strides on or eliminated all together. It's my hope that if I hold on maybe, just maybe we will put UC to bed at a future time.
Again it's unique, your example of all us joining a club nobody wants to join or get out of. To me that's giving UC too much credit. I will always rufuse UC to make me feel like a victim although it's very easy to do that and I understand those that do it. In the end there is a way out, it's called surgery and it allows one to kiss UC goodbye.
I love your positive points. In the end I do love this forum and what I always sense is a fighter's spirit among the communitiy. We all here for the same thing, to find support and answers among each other. Please don't take my response in a negative way. I enjoyed your post, I am looking forward to other posts by you. I guess my knee jerk response is to say I know it's hard to keep being positive with UC but I try and I want to fight the fight to stay that way. It is my hope that through my outlook on my UC and my attitude that others here who find it difficult can lean on me and derive some positive vibes from me.
If my UC is here to stay I will try to make the best of it. Who knows maybe I will feel blue about it soon but for now no way!
39 Year Old Male, Dentist
Dx: Ulcerative Colitis 1996 via colonscopy and biopsy. Pancolitis with chronic and moderate inflammation.
Started UC around 92.
Past Meds: Asacol and occasionally Prednisone
Have had 6 colonscopies throughout my hx with UC.
Current Meds: Imuran, started with 200 mg and recently lowered it to 150 mg
Most recent colonscopy 2009 after 6 months of Imuran, colon is 90% healed
Currently in remission
Post Edited (MyUC) : 9/11/2010 10:11:58 PM (GMT-6)