It’s been a decade since I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. 10 whole years. I’ve spent more than one-third of my life dealing with this disease and its aftermath. Which seems like a long time, but I can still remember details so vividly. I remember the day I first felt symptoms. I remember my first doctor’s appointment. I remember sitting in the specialist’s office when I was finally diagnosed. It’s been 10 years since those moments.
Only a few people know all of the details. My family, my college girlfriend, and my current girlfriend, Laura. That’s it. I think a lot of the secrecy came from my own embarrassment of the disease. I wasn’t embarrassed to have been diagnosed, but it never really feels like a comfortable topic to talk about symptoms that largely involve your bowel movements, including frequent stomach cramping and diarrhea.Read More