Welcome To Colitis Survival
Colitis is a chronic disease causing inflammation of the colon that affects somewhere around 700,000 Americans as of 2012. Surviving with an irritable bowel disease like ulcerative colitis is not easy, but you’re not alone and I’m here to help. I was in denial when I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis because nobody wants to have a chronic bowel disease hanging over their head. Now my mission is to share everything I have learned so you won’t have to re-invent the wheel doing all the research yourself. From the story about how my colitis started to all the best colitis information and resources, I’ll share it all in hopes that it’ll help you. Most of the information provided here will also apply to those with Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease and most other irritable bowel diseases as well.
My goal is also to inform you that there are options other than medicine alone to control and possibly even heal colitis. Most doctors will tell you that diet and supplements will not help with healing colitis, but I am living proof that a good colitis diet will indeed help. I take a minimal amount of medicine when I have a colitis flare up and otherwise the Specific Carbohydrate Diet keeps me in remission. Please do the research on the long term side effects of the medications you’re prescribed before getting into the mindset of taking them long term! Be especially careful about steroid drugs!
So, I’ll share everything I’ve been through and learned and hope that it will help you in your journey of colitis survival. Colitis survival is really tough at first, but then it goes from barely surviving to doing really well and feeling really good…things I wasn’t sure I’d ever experience again. Now, I even feel good enough to exercise and have found some things to eat to provide the energy I need (this is more exciting than I’m letting on because I depend on exercise for happiness).
You can get there… it just takes time, the right information, and some perseverance. And if you want to try combining a healthy healing diet with your medication in hopes that you won’t be medicated the rest of your life, I’m here to help!
If you’re just getting started with your colitis journey and research, you may want to get check out the article What Is Colitis?