Ulcerative Colitis, and how to Live with(out) it

Keeping Yourself healther with Diet, Lifestyle, and Alternative Medicine

When I was seventeen, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. That did not last very long because the time between diagnosis and removal of my large intestine was a matter of three weeks. The preceding six month, I had been diagnosed as having haemorrhoids, by a doctor who was unable or unwilling to think outside the box, which seems to be the case for just about any doctor I have ever met in my life.

Nine month after the initial surgery, and two additional surgeries later, I was back to 'normal', i.e. no more external pluming (i.e. colostomy bags), and busy working on getting my life back together again, which is not an easy task after such drastic changes to your life. One second you think you are invincible, the next you are introduced to the very possibility that you might not survive the year. But as it is, I did survive, and the learning process of what to do and what not to do has been a slow and painful one, which is why I am writing this document, in the hopes that it might help others who have similar problems.

First things first: In order to understand why I do the things I do, you have to understand the person that I am. I don't like dependencies on anything. I don't like to have to take medicine on a regular basis, especially chemical ones. I also like to know what is going on with my body, understand why things are happening. I don't take the "that's just the way it is, you have to get used to it" line. I have found many times that it does not have to be that way at all, and with a bit of behaviour modification, one can change the way it is. So, to sum it all up: I like to be in charge of my own destiny.

The story continues here: Living with(out) Ulcerative Colitis, after the surgery

Other related documents:
Living with Ulcerative Colitis - Details of the pull-through surgery
Pouchitis - ten non-medical ways of avoiding and fighting it
Ulcerative Colitis Medicine - Cure or just Masking Symptoms

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Disclaimer: These as well as all the other documents on this website are based on my own personal experiences, and are not a replacement of a professional opinion by a qualified physician, for all that this was worth in my case. The purpose of sharing my experiences with you is to help you get through this, and to learn of other ways of dealing with your condition. I am not a medical doctor, I don't have any sort of formal training in this or any other medical field. The only thing I can offer you is what it was like for the past 20+ years and what it is like now, and in the future. Any advice I give is to be taken into consideration, and you are welcome to act upon it at your own risk. I am not saying it will help you, or that it will not hurt you, all I am saying is that this is what I learned, and I am wanting to share it with you. After that, you have my best wishes for success and happiness. And if you find something that works for you, please, share it with the world, because we need to know more than what modern medicine is telling us, which is not enough. Be well.
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