Lately, people have been sending me articles about other folks with UC. Usually the focus is on people who have had extreme, out-of-control cases which result in surgery and either a j-pouch or a colostomy bag. While this is interesting to me, since it will most likely be my future, I see less articles about people who are at the same stage I am, namely ulcerative colitis that’s manageable with pills, pills, pills. I said as much to a fellow chronic-diseased (heh) and she sent me the following article from the NY Times.
It’s short and sweet, and it’s the first article I’ve read where the writer/subject is still able to manage their UC with medication (albeit TONS) and diet. This is one of those diseases where we don’t hear much about the manageable cases, partly, I think because while taking a bazillion pills a day (and having regular checkups, and thinking about surgery, and stressing about stress) sucks, it’s not as drastic a life change as surgery.
But it still stinks, and I want public acknowledgement of the fact. Also, adoration and chocolate would be great, too! Please send all donations (corporeal and non) to peppery in Central New York.