This is my first post on the site and I just have to let you know that this forum is PROFOUNDLY more helpful than many of the other websites I have visitied. I feel like I have learned more here than anywhere else is my quest to gain a better understanding of this condition that we all live with.
Here's my story: I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with UC almost 3 years ago. After hearing other people's stories on this site, it seems that I am lucky enough to have a fairly mild form of UC. I have had my share of flares and am currently dealing with one right now, but I've never felt any pain or much discomfort because of it. Mostly just frequent urgency and multiple bowel movements throughout the day (mainly in the mornings). I am also fortunate to be surrounded by a very supportive network--my family is wonderful, my friends are very understanding, and my boyfriend is constantly patient and supportive when I'm not feeling well. But as great as they are to me, they simply DO NOT understand what it is like to deal with this every single day. That is why I am so grateful to have found this forum and know that I am not the only person out there dealing with all this.
One aspect of UC that I seem to constantly struggle with lately is the anxiety that comes with having to venture outside my comfort zone. Basically every time I know that I have to take a car ride, immediate anxiety sets in. I wonder if I'm going to make it to whereever I'm going in time, and I hope that if I do feel like I have to go, that there will be somewhere to stop along the way. I never really had this problem before until recently when I experienced a couple close calls and accidents. Ever since then it's been hard for me to shake these thoughts. I feel like if I could get this under control, I would feel SO MUCH better.
My question to all of you is, how do you deal with leaving the house? How do you quell this anxiety? Is it only me? I feel like I have to conquer this because I don't want this condition to control my life. I have had times where I've felt completely normal and don't even think about this. I want so desparately to get back there, but I am struggling. Please help or shed any light on this if you can.
Thanks for listening!