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I Have Ulcerative Colitis. Now What?

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Raise your hand if you’ve had some version of that thought after receiving an initial diagnosis of UC. I was 14 years old when I was diagnosed, so I honestly don’t remember my first reaction to the news.

I think I was just relieved that we finally had an answer for my bloody stools, extreme weight loss and constant nausea. But over the last 20 years, I’ve met so many other people living with UC, and I’ve heard so many different stories about those first days, weeks, months and even years following the news.

I’ve given speeches to large groups of people about life with UC. I’ve spoken on webinars about my experience. I’ve raised money for nonprofit organizations to support research and a cure.

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