I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in November 2012. My diagnosis came after a year of having trouble keeping water and food down, fatigue, body aches, weight loss and vomiting blood. It was a long and painful experience. I will never forget the day when I was rushed to the hospital and found out what my diagnosis was. I lost everything from my job and not being able to take care of my children. I have been in and out of the hospital since I was diagnosed, and on numerous medications from remicade, prednisone, stelara and now I’m taking humira where I have to inject myself. It’s hard at times but I stay strong for my kids. They know my situation and they help me a lot, but one thing I don’t do is let this illness stop me from being a mother and enjoying life. It has been a challenge, but I remember to remain strong. I lost a lot and have been talked about, because there are times when I’ve had accidents from not making it to the restroom. My disease affects me and my family. I have three children and it is hard on them not having their mom around when I have to stay in the hospital sometimes. My healthcare providers are pretty good, but it is difficult at times to keep my appointments due to the high copays that I have to save up for. I’m ok, but not 100%. I have my days when I’m emotional and close my door and cry. I try to remember to stay calm ,stress free and worry free because that takes a toll on your body and this disease. The battle of living with Ulcerative Colitis has been a long destiny of finding good medicine for my body and to eat without having problems. My family is a great support system for me. Prayer works and I keep my faith!