In honor of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, I’ve decided to share my story.
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) after a brief hospital stay this past January.
UC is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. There is no cure and symptoms can flare up on and off at any time for little to no reason. In my case, the UC is a genetic predisposition that had remained dormant until my symptoms commenced last year.
Since receiving this diagnosis, I have been adamant about managing it as holistically as possible, however, the reality of this disease set in a few months ago when a flare up knocked me down for 7 days. Anything I ate made me sick, I was bed-ridden and my doctor was concerned that the inflammation was spreading. We re-evaluated my treatment plan and in addition to the holistic remedies, we incorporated a medication that has very minimal side effects. As someone who has been healthy my entire life, this disease has taken a toll on me mentally, emotionally and physically. I haven’t been able to do a lot of the things I love at the capacity that I am used to. I have spent more time in the hospital and doctor’s office this year than I have in the past 10 combined. Our health is really everything and it’s imperative that we do all that we can to maintain and nourish our bodies.
I am incredibly fortunate to have an awesome team of doctors, great insurance and an amazing support system! I have been apprehensive to share this, but they say it’s important to “Make Your Mess Your Message”, so if anyone out there is suffering, you are not alone, whatever it may be. This journey has just begun for me, but I am navigating through and my health is improving. For that I am grateful. 💗
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