Living With UC
Living with ulcerative colitis (UC) takes patience, resilience, and courage. Believing in yourself and the way you are managing your condition is important.
Feeling better doesn’t mean you should stop taking your medicines as prescribed. Take your medication as prescribed, follow your doctor's instructions when taking any medication, and contact your doctor before making changes.
Your friends and family want to understand what you’re going through. Give them the chance. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t try to go it alone.
Talking to your doctor
Check in regularly with your gastroenterologist (GI) and be sure to openly discuss any issues you may be having with your UC or your treatment plan.
You’re Not Alone
About 907,000 people in the U.S. have UC. And many more—from family members to coworkers and friends—are affected by it. Living with UC can be challenging, but remember—there are people out there who can help you get through this.
Finding a treatment plan right for your UC is very important, but it’s not the whole story. Beyond your treatment, it’s also important to care for yourself, and your overall health, in every way you can.
Your Larger Healthcare Team
Your gastroenterologist (GI) is just one of many key members of your healthcare team. Your primary care physician, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are all great resources. They, in partnership with you, can work together to help you reach your treatment and UC management goals.
Your Emotional Health
Don’t ignore the emotional impact of UC. It might help to find a counselor who specializes in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like UC, or someone who also has UC and will understand what you’re going through. You’re not alone.
The people in your life may be able to support you. Help them do just that. Discuss your situation with your friends, family, and, if you’re comfortable, talk to the people you work with.
A registered dietitian can help create a nutritional plan that’s specific to you. They can help you balance nutritional deficiencies you may be experiencing and minimize diet-related issues. Talk to your doctor about finding a dietitian who might be right for you.
Your Level Of Activity
Exercise can be great for helping reduce stress and relieve tension. Focus on activities that you enjoy. Talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.
Talking To Your Doctor
No matter how long you’ve had UC, talking about it can feel difficult. Use our quiz to help you take a fresh look at life with UC, then talk to your GI about your disease and the different opportunities available to you for your treatment plan.