Category Archives: Flare

Pre-Surgery Appointments

Today I had my series of pre-surgery appointments at UCSF. On the 45-minute drive, I “got” to stop at the finally reopened the Father Serra rest area on 280. Pretty nice. May I never need it again. My first appointment … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Today, I’m grateful for the woman who let me cut in front of her in line for the bathroom at Clay Street Starbucks in Oakland before my work meeting with the IRS across the street. I didn’t even have to … Continue reading

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One Week

Surgery #1 is one week away, and I’m ready. Driving home from visiting family in Sacramento today, counting the various places I’ve stopped to use the bathroom over the years, was as good of a reminder as any that my “normal” … Continue reading

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Shits on a Plane (or My Breaking Point)

My doctor first suggested surgery in 2009, but I resisted. Flare after flare, I wouldn’t even discuss it. Remove my colon? You must be crazy. I’m not that sick. Sure, I go to the bathroom 20 times a day. Granted, … Continue reading

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“We need to talk about your fla[re].”*

Although I’ve ridiculed friends for blogging or Facebook posting about their baby’s poop, there’s really no way to talk about UC without talking about poop. However, because this blog is intended primarily to be a resource to others considering surgery, … Continue reading

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My UC Story

I’m 33 years old. Married with two dogs. I have ulcerative colitis. I was diagnosed with UC when I was 16 years old, so I’ve been dealing with it for a long time. For the first 10 years or so, I … Continue reading

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