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Hi emma/everyone who is suffering from this dam UC. Im 17, and was diagnosed at 16, after keeping it a secret for about a year. I just kept thinking and hoping it was just a bug, and will go away. I eventually told my mum, and she persuaded me to go and see a doctor. I thought there couldnt be anything more embarrasing, but by this stage i was going to the loo probably about 10 times a day and suffering from all the classic symptoms of UC. Extreme tiredness was an issue which effected my work, social life, sports, more or less everthing was put on hold, and i ran out of excuses. UC was ruling my life, and i was really getting scared. I felt reasured when i was put with a female doctor, but burst into tears when she said this could be a serious problem and i would have to have an colonoscopie. I was totally shocked, before this happened to me, i used to brag about how sound i was health wise, never had any probem, no allergies, nothing! but that was all about to change.
I feel very isolated now, from being a very sociable popular teenage girl, i make excuses to my friends because i dont want to stay over if im in relapse, and feel really conscious about what i eat, as im paranoid about fibre, anything that will encourage a bowel movement!. When i say, "oh, i cant have this and that", i say im on a diet or somthing, and they give me dodgy looks, as ive always been slender.
Its very difficult to come to tearms with this disease, and ive only recently trust my long term boyfriend enough to tell him all the gory details, and he's all ears, and very understanding, which is a huge help.
I havnt told any of my girl friends, not even my best friend, its really hard, but i would love to talk to someone in the same boat, I know how you feel if your my age and really struggling to make up all these excuses for all the drugs your on. ( I Have 3 Bazalazide?! pills 3 times a day with 4 steroids and a probiotic)as ive recently flared up again, (STRESS!) I just say when like everyone askes me why im taking pills, "i dont really know what it is, the doctor sais its somthing to do with my Imune system" which is a complete lie. AH!!!
Please contact me for a chat, i talk quite alot as you can tell!
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