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Ulcerative Colitis: My Smile Tells You Nothing About My Illness

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Living with UC, or any chronic condition, can be extraordinarily overwhelming. It’s the type of condition that is a constant source of friction in your life, like nails scratching on a chalkboard over and over again, or sandpaper scraping against your skin.

UC is always there — sometimes only in the background but sometimes very much out front — an unpleasant obstacle that is with me every day.

UC is ever-present and simultaneously out of my control that how I live with it can be difficult for me to explain and challenging for others without UC to understand.

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