Hi! I decided that I wanted to create a blog about me and my IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term). I have Ulcerative Colitis, and I was diagnosed about two years ago. I am very young, and I noticed that the majority of people who are writing about IBD and their experiences, are much older than me. I am a teenage girl, and I can’t exactly relate to them. I have yet to see a teenager talk to the IBD community about their experiences. No one talks about what it’s like to deal with IBD when they’re growing up. I mean, some adults have tried to speak on behalf of teenagers and young adults, but they never quite get it right. I have found myself alone at many times because I have questions that have not been answered by anyone like me. This is why I have decided to start this blog. I want teenagers and young adults to know that I know what it’s like to have to live with IBD.
I do not want to go into my diagnosis and my quote unquote, journey, at this time. To write about that would take me ages, and I just have so much that I want to say about it. I feel like I will never be able to write about my diagnosis and everything that has happened in the past two years all in one go because I am worried that I will miss some crucial piece of information. I will talk about everything separately and in much smaller sections.
I am not a doctor of any kind, and this is my personal experience with Ulcerative Colitis. It may not be your experience, and that’s okay. Nobody is the same, but I still think that I could help somebody out there. I may disagree with you, and I may do things differently than you do, and that’s perfectly normal. Crohn’s and Colitis are unpredictable and strange diseases, and everyone has to do what they feel is best for them. That being said, if you do have any questions for me, I will definitely try and answer them to the best of my ability.
I believe that we can beat IBD, but we cannot do it alone. We must stick together and help each other out whenever and however we can.