If you’ve recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, you may worry that you’ll have to put your life on hold. Fortunately, ulcerative colitis doesn’t have to bring a stop to your life plans; you might just need to make some changes in the way you carry them out.
Make Small Adjustments
It’s essential to have an upbeat attitude as you adjust to the changes ulcerative colitis can bring about. Support from family and friends, and involvement with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), can help you maintain a positive outlook. Never be wary of allowing the condition to interfere with your life. Things such as school finals, jobs, and other obligations can be put on hold, when it comes to getting the important medical attention that you need.
Make Practical Considerations
As you learn more about the illness, you will find that expecting a chronic condition not to impact your life is simply unrealistic. But also, realize that you don’t have to dramatically change your life plans. Instead, make smaller changes in your daily life to manage the ulcerative colitis more effectively.
One such change can be your eating habits. By paying attention to your body, you will find that you feel better consuming smaller quantities at each sitting. So instead of “three squares,” maybe eat smaller, more frequent meals during the day. Because each person’s needs are different, keeping a food diary of your own can help you determine which foods upset you — whether it’s something specific, like fiber, or something more general, like eating larger meals — and you’ll know how to be extra careful when you’re out and about.