Monday, October 8, 2012

Inside Out: The Very Abridged Version of My UC Story.

So, there have been a couple times where I slow down working for a couple days, maybe a week or so if I have a cold, etc. but I can usually pick right back up where I left off without a whole lot of trouble. Anyway, I've been sitting on the sidelines (somewhat) for a few weeks now and here's the reason why:

Once upon a time, about two years ago I had some stomach pain which, after getting a plethora of blood tests, bacterial and parasitic tests on stool samples, allergy tests, and even a lovely colonoscopy and two sigmoidoscopies and an endoscopy, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. You can google that if you want, but I don't recommend it.

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is one of those invisible illnesses. You know, that facebook status:
"Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has, or has had, an invisible illness (Diabetes, Crohns, PCOS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, MS, COPD, Lupus, Depression, M.E, Autism etc). Do it for all who have an invisible illness. It's a daily struggle feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside."

UC is an autoimmune disease, also called IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) similar to Crohns except that UC only affects the large intestine. I can be feeling fine, but if I eat something that doesn't agree with my insides or if I'm having a flare up I can be in an awful lot of pain...amongst other symptoms. Currently my flares seem to come right on schedule. My colitis has flared up at the beginning of Fall for the past 3 years now. Yeah, I'm in pain as I type this. I'm generally quiet about it, except to  close friends and family but I felt the need to share because I do not intentionally take breaks that are a month or two long in updating my sites. I'm actually pretty lucky to have a fairly mild form of this disease. I don't want pity, but some understanding when I'm not feeling so marvelous and prayers would be great. I have to admit I have been blessed with some amazing friends who I know pray for me a lot and my parents have shown more patience than I thought was humanly possible when I get to grumbling about the whole ordeal.
 Anyway, that's the story.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.