Hi, my name is Karen and I have been living colitis free since 2005. I am an accountant by trade not a health professional so be sure and talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your lifestyle. This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
I had ulcerative colitis for over 20 years and about 13 years ago I made a lifestyle change and have been living colitis free ever since. I am passionate about food and its effects on our bodies and our health. My blog will have recipes, plans and hopefully some information that will help everyone not just people with colitis.
My journey began my senior year in college when I started having issues going to the bathroom. My symptoms were not pretty: cramping, mucus, gas, funky stools and bleeding. I tried to pretend nothing was happening until I started bleeding. I called my mom because that’s what you do when you’re scared. She told me to go to the doctor. After two proctoscopies and a colonoscopy I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
Flare ups off and on for the next 20 years were exhausting. My pregnancies were considered high risk and my chances of getting colon cancer were high. I needed to do something because I couldn’t continue like this. All my doctors told me the same thing “We don’t know what causes ulcerative colitis so we can only treat the symptoms”.
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