Welcome! I’m Roxanne. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in May 2007, my junior year of high school. At the time, I was indifferent to the diagnosis – I wasn’t worried about having a chronic illness, and I was happy to know the reason why I had been having diarrhea and stomach cramping for the weeks prior. I was put on prednisone, which helped me immediately, and a maintenance drug since I would be tapered off the prednisone in the next couple months. (Read more about my diagnosis at my first post, here.)
For almost two years I lived flare-free, and I continued to not care much about having UC during this time. I couldn’t even explain off the top of my head what the disease was. In March of 2009, though, I had my first flare, meaning I started to experience symptoms of colitis. I managed this flare with a round of prednisone and then switched to a stronger maintenance drug later in the year when I couldn’t taper completely off the prednisone. The following January, I landed myself in the hospital after ignoring a flare that began in December, but after four days there on IV prednisone and fluids, I was healthy enough to go back to school. I did a slow taper on prednisone and succeeded in doing so.
It was my most recent flare that resulted in this blog. Read about it here. In summary, I had a flare that would not go away, even after trying one of the strongest drugs available for colitis, even after being hospitalized for over two weeks. The doctors all recommended surgery, but I was (and still am) completely opposed to that option; I would rather heal my colon than remove it, and I decided to take a more natural approach to accomplishing this.
This blog is about my path to health, to a happy colon. I have health updates (and in the thick of it, I’ll mostly be writing those), posts about the various types of alternative approaches I’m trying, recipes that correspond to my dietary needs (at least free of gluten, dairy, and sugar) and maybe some things that relate more to my personality than my disease. Speaking of personality, here are some things to know about me:
Whatever your reason for reading this blog – if you’re a friend or family member keeping up with my health, someone with UC wondering about holistic healing or the disease in general, or someone with a similar diet looking for recipes – I hope you find it satisfying!