Depending on the severity of your UC, it's up to you to decide how much of an impact you want to make . I usually just describe what it is. I don't get into graphic detail with symptoms, and I don't get into what it can lead to, becuase if I'm healthy today, there is no telling what tomorrow will bring, you could remain healthy, or flare badly, so focus on the now. I stick with a general description and how severly I have it personally.
Usually when I describe UC, I just say it's an issue with my gut, and say it's called colitis. Anytime you have a condition ending in "-itis" it means that that part of your body is inflamed. Tonsilitis - inflamed tonsils, hepetitis-inflamed liver, pancreatitis - inflamed pancreas, colitis... inflamed large intestine. I explain that it's a chronic condition with symptoms occurring intermittantly, but it ain't going away short of a miracle of science. When I flare, I take cortizone. I also say (and again this depends on everyone's individual severity) that I could have it a lot worse than a lot of people. At the moment, it doesn't affect my life as much as it could. You'll answer some questions, and if she's understanding, and a realist, she will react the way Carol's mate did and say "everybody has something", which is the best answer you could hear. If you get pressed to explain symptoms, you could say that you get some pretty nasty cramps and that you will pass blood. That way the verbiage isn't too graphic..
Depending on your severity, this approach might not work. For my condition it seems to work just fine..
Male - Age 39
Diagnosed in 1988
Moderate Pan Colitis 10 years ago, but mild and fairly controlled since then
40mg Pred 30mg Pred 25mg Pred 20mg 15mg 10mg 5mg 0mg Pred
800mg Asacol 2x daily
Post Edited (cap'n colitis) : 12/12/2007 11:42:05 PM (GMT-7)