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Invisible Illness that ch...

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Joined May 2020

This past year has been one hell of a year to say the least. I faced the biggest challenges with my health physically an... read more

My Ulcerative Colitis Jou...

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Joined May 2020

My name is Melissa, I turn 32 in June and I live in Northwest Florida with my little family. I was diagnosed with Ulcera... read more

Invisible Illnesses do no...

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Joined May 2020

I have been battling Ulcerative colitis since I was just 18 years old. I was always active in high school. I played all ... read more

Community Forum

Dealing with frequent bat...
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Joined Jul 6, 2020

Hi all, I have been diagnosed with UC for over 10 years, in the past 2 years it has flared up again and I have undergone all types of treatment inc....

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Newly diagnosed, saying h...
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Joined Jul 4, 2020

Good luck! I have had UC for about 8 years and was very embarrassed and didn't speak much of it for years. Good for you for being open from the ge....

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UC medication options
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Joined Jul 4, 2020

Hey everyone, first time posting here but have been reading for years now. Have had UC for about 8 years now. As everyone knows there's always som....

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Expert Q&A

Diet & Lifestyle

Q. I’m having my first flare up of Collagenous Colitis since first being diagnosed 1 year ago. My GI doctor said to stay on a bland diet and Bismuth therapy for 8 weeks. What exactly is a bland diet? I have been eating a BRAT diet. Only water, low sugar Gatorade and Chamomile tea. I just purchased some Gluten free Bread. What other foods can I add to my diet.

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Diet & Lifestyle

Q. I was awaiting a bowel resection, which has been cancelled due to Covid-19. In the meantime my consultant has recommended a liquid/ semi liquid diet along with 1/2 supplementary drinks per day. I am really struggling to adjust; I am constantly hunger and I am confused on what foods are okay? Am I allowed mashed potato and vegetables? Some reports say yes others say no? Am I allowed high fiber cereals like Weetabix, which I previously was told to avoid but now my diet largely lacks fiber.

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Diet & Lifestyle

Q. My brother was just diagnosed with UC and has been out of the hospital for a week. He is unable to keep food down and has lost 25lbs and counting. What are some suggestions on things he can eat for protein and fat?

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