IBD & Me
I began noticing an unusual urgency to use the restroom in March of 2017, which was eventually followed by excessive diarrhea and blood in my stool by May of 2017. After five months of worsened symptoms, agony, doctor’s appointments, emergency room trips, innumerable blood tests, various scopes and scans, and a ten day hospital stay (Road to Diagnosis), I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (What is Ulcerative Colitis?). For me, this is still a new and scary diagnosis. Before I had began to experience severe symptoms (anemia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, bloody stools, fatigue, etc.), I was an avid weight lifter (@jeanhealth.fit), determined college student, and hardworking Airman. I have not been to the gym in two months. I have not taken a course this semester. I have not been to work in over a month. I feel like my life has been put on hold for the moment. While I cannot wait until my life starts to resemble normal again, I must first focus on getting well and staying well. At the moment, getting well is being done through various treatments, which include Prednisolone, Infliximab Infusions (only had two), and Mercaptopurine as well as three other medications.
I have not been diagnosed with this disease long, but it has already changed my outlook on how I react to things as well as how I treat others and most importantly how I treat myself. With an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, managing stress and taking care of yourself play a huge role in remaining healthy. I’ve never been one to focus much on myself, which has already changed in this short time. I’ve had a manicure, my eyebrows threaded, and I chopped 15 inches of my hair off (felt like I needed a fresh start). I have been focusing more on doing things that I enjoy such as reading (GoodReads) and taking baths (just discovered bath bombs). I hope to be taking steps to get back into yoga shortly. Also, I have restarted this blog with full force as writing/typing is very therapeutic for me.