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What It’s Like To Live with UC as a Young Person

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I don’t know if 35 years old still qualifies me as being a “young person,” but being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) at 14 years old sure does.

Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office, barely able to function, and being the youngest one by an easy 50 years. There’s nothing relatable in that moment, especially for a young teenager who just wants to enjoy the ebbs and flows of high school.

Instead, my world was riddled with confusion, exhaustion, loneliness, and embarrassment. I didn’t want to worry about pooping my pants while everyone else was dating and doing the sports they loved.

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