The kids are grown, now what?: Ulcerative Colitis - Yes, I Live and Breathe UC Daily

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ulcerative Colitis - Yes, I Live and Breathe UC Daily

For years now I have had issues with diarrhea, rectal bleeding and pain. This all came to a head in May when it became unmanageable. It started out just like a stomach virus. Too bad it didn't stay that way.

I know this all seems TMI, but for me it's not. This is an important subject to discuss. People need to understand just how serious this disease is. Doctors need to listen to patients who come in complaining of chronic diarrhea. When I had a colonoscopy four years ago I was told, "You are not bleeding enough to call it colitis." Seriously? How much does one have to bleed to be diagnosed? This time around she told me immediately following the procedure that I had colitis and we were going to do some tests to determine what kind (there is infectious colitis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis).

Colitis in all forms is serious. Colitis can kill you. It can cause dehydration and malnutrition. It can destroy your bowel. Treatment is a must. Lucky me, I am not responding to treatment!

If you have colitis or know someone who does I have a list of web sites that I have found helpful.
http://www.ihaveuc.com I Have UC is my favorite. This is a great group of people who have been there and back with sense of humor intact.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ulcerative-colitis/DS00598 everything you've always wanted to know about colitis but were afraid to ask.

http://www.ccfa.org/ Tons of resources

I hope this helps. I am always here if you need me!

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