I have immersed myself in researching, learning and understanding this disease. Some 600,000 people in the US suffer from UC and to date, there is no cure. These people are warriors who battle pain and a host of physical symptoms that make leaving the house a major accomplishment. Watching my husband go through this is awful, but I am committed to find a solution that works!! Fight on! #ulcerativecolitis#ulcerativecolitisawareness#ulcerativecolitissucks
😢One of those horrible periods of depression. I haven't been able to bring myself to draw for a few days because I feel worthless and my illness is flaring with my reducing medication. When will it ever get better? I'm so exhausted of fighting my own body and mind constantly. 😭😰 Sorry, just needed a small vent. Things are getting a bit much for me.
#mealprep for success! Snapped a quick pic of the contents of my lunch box as I start on the third (and final!!) day of Phase 1 of #theplantparadox . Initial thoughts: • • • Day 1 was great. I felt satisfied, energized, and I peed a lot • • • Day 2 was rough. I got up and lifted in the morning for the first time in about a week, which always makes me hungrier! Then I was offered donuts, cookies, brownies, AND cupcakes throughout the day. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I literally almost cried. I also hosted book club in the evening and could only eat the carrots and guacamole. To end the day, I made the cabbage “steak” meal and even though I was so hungry, I ended up only eating half the cabbage and just the toppings. Not my favorite meal AT ALL. My husband would be the first to tell you that, overall, I was not the most fun person to be around yesterday 🤷🏻♀️ • • • Day 3 is starting to give me hope. I woke up this morning with no bloating, no discomfort, and no urgency to hit the bathrooms right away. I even felt comfortable enough to take my dog for a walk and not worry about how far from home I was getting or where I might be able to take an emergency 💩. Guys, this is big. I haven’t felt that good first thing in the morning since probably April. Here’s to hoping it wasn’t just a fluke!! • • Final initial thoughts: this diet is not for the faint of heart. I would not recommend it unless you are really suffering from a debilitating illness or your doctor has told you that you need a major lifestyle change. Although I already ate pretty cleanly, this has been way harder than I thought; I can’t even imagine the shock someone must go through if they did not already eat well. The only things keeping me going are the fact that my GI doc believes this can work and I’m desperate for remission. Oh and I’m running out of medication options haha thanks immune system!
So last year two big changes happened in my life. I became a mother to Little G and not long after I became increasingly unwell. It wasn't until the August bank holiday that I was diagnosed with extensive ulcerative colitis. I have no idea how i developed this lifechanging disease, but id be lying if i said that it didnt have a very profound effect on my mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as my physical. This pic was taken just before my treatment started. I keep it as a reminder of how ill i was and how much my health has improved since. I still find it emotional to look back and see how much of that precious time with my son was robbed by this terrible debilitating disease that many people know so little about #ulcerativecolitissurvivor#inflammatoryboweldiseaseawareness#raisingawareness#ulcerativecolitissucks#mummywithcolitis
It has been a hard few days. My poor baby has been in a lot of pain, diarrhea, and fatigue. She was doing well then wham it is back with a vengeance. I hate seeing my baby hurting and all I want to do is make her feel better. I feel helpless 😢💜