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   Posted 9/29/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
This doesn't necessarily have to be UC related, just curious about what, if anything, you would change if you knew then what you know now.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 9/29/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   

No regrets or changes regarding the UC-related stuff, but lots in the "life" department...

~I would have tried harder to NOT seek acceptance from my parents and to have a better relationship with them.

~I would NOT have taken personal blame for others/events/things that weren't my responsibility.

~I would NOT  have gotten married the first time, at age 19, as a way to get away from my parents..I should have left him at 6 months after I found out he cheated rather than forgiving and continuing another 2 years of the same thing. 

~I  WOULD have trusted myself more...although I did, I would have actually believed in that trust.

~I'm relieved I/we made the decision to NOT have children.

~I guess therapy would have been a good thing when I was younger rather than when I was "older"...but I'm at least enjoying BEING rather than wishing I was never born.

Not actually fun stuff...but life altering.


*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 9/29/2007 12:46:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
no regrets. i love my life. all the bad decisions, hurt and pain made me who i am today and im comfortable in my skin. i could have had a lot less bumps along the way, but then i may not have ended up where i am-perfect family, perfect job, and happy life. :)
34 year old Male
First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006.
Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
Weekly 4000 mg Salofalk enemas.
Daily 4000 mg Salofalk oral.
Started Omeprazole 20 mg February 2007.
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potty girl
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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with sideshowbob, If I changed the bad stuff it might have made an impact on the good stuff and changed it also. sure there is stuff I did wrong and alot of hurt from other people in my life, but that is what made me the person I am now. Health issue stink but the rest of my life is good.

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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd have used babywipes instead of toilet roll a lot
keep the faith

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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm I know I should say I wouldn't change are a couple:
-I wish I would have never smoked (I quit almost 4 years ago but I could start up tomorrow if I didn't have willpower!)
-Wish I would have picked a major in college other than History.
-I like Quincy's...I wish I haven't (and still do) try to please my parents constantly
-Would have spent a semester abroad or living in NY before I settled down.

All that being said I have a great life, family, home, health (oh wait...forget the health one...ha ha!).
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Post Edited (tjf) : 9/29/2007 3:53:46 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/29/2007 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   

I regret giving up two years of my life due to severe UC.  I can't get back the time and opportunities I lost.

I would have had surgery sooner if I had known it was successful.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 9/29/2007 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I would have figured out a way to conquer my fear -- of EVERYTHING! -- and lived a fuller, richer life.

My fear stops me, even now, after all this time, and keeps me stuck. Maddening! Plus the fatigue factor doesn't help matters.

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had UC, then J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Prednisone, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. Symptomatic with UC after that.
Colonoscopy in 2001 dx'd left-sided UC. Was pretty darn ill at that time. Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working so switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007.
Gall bladder attack 6/13; ultrasound showed stones; surgery before end of 2007.
100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression) daily.

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   Posted 9/29/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't change anything, because I wouldn't be who I am today, If anything changed. One thing that does come to mind is finally realizing that my parents were right in some instances where I thought for sure I knew it all.

Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
GNC Probiotic
Currently in Remission

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   Posted 9/29/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Enjoying life more and worrying a lot less, which I'm still learning to do  tongue
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07 
started on 2 Lialda/day and increased to 4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
40 mg. Prednisone for two weeks starting 9/16/07 and tapering by 5mg per week started 9/28/07
Activia yogurt; multi-vitamin; extra calcium supplement; omega 3's

Rot Gut
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   Posted 9/29/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I would stop analyzing exactly what that strange substance on the outside of Cheetos is composed of and just enjoy them. Crunch!
Rot Gut

Left Side UC diagnosed in 1988 while pregnant with twins
Taking PREDNISONE for the first time! Tapering down week 4 of 5.

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   Posted 9/30/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
i would have stopped drinking earlier. (although 23 'aint bad...3 days sober, gone to three meetings in three days). although there is a great quote (i'm paraphrasing") the biggest part of the gift is the way in which you receive it. so if you feel like you have learned anything, part of that "gift" is the way (and all the crap, no pun intended) that you had to go through to receive the gift. maybe i'm rambling...
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

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