I am Rebecca, I’m 21 years old and was diagnosed in May 2013 with Ulcerative Colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. There are two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, those being Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Crohns Disease can affect the digestive tract from the mouth to the rectum whereas with Ulcerative colitis, it it usually the colon that is inflamed.
Although the symptoms are very much physical, a lot of people forget (including doctors) about how this can affect your emotional and mental well-being.
With IBD, no one can see what is going on with you as it is all happening inside your body. This is what makes it so difficult for people to understand just how ill you can be as when you have IBD, mostly you don’t look ill.
There can be days where I am in so much pain and so fatigued, yet you wouldn’t know it to look at me.