(originally written 3 years ago - Jul 22, 2005)
Currently, I am in recovery from a very recent flare-up which I believe to be a near-death experience. How strange to have a life-changing landmark at such a young age! Sometimes I find it unfair… but at least my eyes were opened fairly early in my life rather than too late. Or course, never say never. As the old saying goes, “Its never too late”.
Unfortunately there is no cure for Ulcerative Colitis, so I can only hope to stay in remission for the rest of my life and learn how to manage my life around this obstacle.
How do I plan to do this? Well, there are a few things.
1. I’ve been on a diet called The Specific Carbohydrate Diet for quite some time (SCD for short). This diet is supposedly a natural way to stay in remission through intestinal diet. It is not recognized in the medical community. In fact, its frowned upon by most doctors because they only want to treat this through prescription drugs. But some researchers believe in the diet. And it seems to work for most. Besides, the doctors aren’t the ones agonizing over the next bout of explosive diarrhea. I need to really stick to the diet this time. I will go slow and more importantly… TRY NOT TO CHEAT! Its really not worth another flare-up. Though, sometimes flare-ups are just beyond anyone’s control. Sometimes they just happen.
2. Pills. Don’t forget to take medication and take them ON TIME. The last time I kept forgetting, and then started tapering because I felt fine and I didn’t want to be too much medication. That may have contributed to my DOOM.
3. Learn how to relax! I’ve finally come to terms with myself and I finally know the difference between being stubborn and knowing when to quit. Too bad it took this flare up to open my eyes to this! Sheesh.
4. Research. The more you know, the closer you are to an answer.
5. Exercise. Being in good shape is also a way to manage stress. It also leads to a healthy lifestyle and a rawkin body! Yes!
6. See a nutritionist. I don’t really want to. But I’m open to anything out there. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll stick to the diet unless I find something else.
I’ve tried the herbal remedy voodoo… That didn’t seem to work out at all. I wish it worked for me, because at least I would’ve been able to eat what I want and manage the illness through supplements. Woe is me. In this case, it means I won’t be able to eat regular pizza ever again. I’d have to make it all myself unless someone finds a cure. In the mean time, I will use the SCD diet and cook up my own goodies. My parents are looking into getting me an ice cream maker!
I am always looking for new treatments or new findings on Ulcerative Colitis.