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UC: Diagnosis and depression, how to live with it?
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I'm reeling a little because I was just diagnosed yesterday. The doctor told me that it was as if I had a stomach bug and that with the right medication, everything would be fine. I was still a bit under the anaesthetic from the colonoscopy, so I took it well and left relieved to know what I had and that I would be receiving an effective treatment. Then this morning, I starting reading on the internet about people's experiences with UC and I fully realised the full extent of it. I'm going to suffer from this for the rest of my life!
Now I'm afraid to leave home in case of a flare and I know my friends are just not going to understand when I have to cancel on them. I'm feeling utterly alone and helpless. How am I going to get through this?
Hello @LydiaMcC, thank you for opening this discussion. I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard time, receiving a lifetime diagnosis can be difficult to process. Let me tag some other members who can possibly share with you.
Hi everyone, how are you doing?
How did you handle the news when you received your diagnosis? Has UC had an impact on your mental health? Do you have any words of advice or support for @LydiaMcC?
@kathdurbin @Jaceey @NeilHunt @TinaG. @Coolmother @miniman60 @schezmarie @Dmhktm @Emily95 @mainstalk @Keithmatthew @Lucy79 @Ayannavsshallow @Jayneledsham @sxaton @Freedom1 @Rowena22
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity UK
I underqtand you very well, we've all been through this, and we all know it's hard. But you get used to your illness, I can say, more or less. You can always tell your close friends you have a condition, if they truly care about you they will understand. Others do not need to know and you do'tn have to justify yourself when you cancel.
please try not to worry too much. As I always say, things could be worse, right? Try to find out as much as you can about the disease, be prepared, folllow your doctor's instructions, eat well, sleep well, exercise, try to enjoy life, surrounf yourself with people you love and everything will be fine.
YOu will get through this! there is nothing you can't do. Take care and stay positive that's the key
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