5 Important Things I’ve Learned about Having Colitis

5 Important Things I’ve Learned about Having Colitis

As cliché as this sounds, I'm not like any other college student.


Hey everyone, so, unfortunately, I have to constantly deal with a gastrointestinal disease called colitis. There are so many precautions I have to remember to take every day and I have learned so much about doing so.

I have become very open to discussing my disorder and want to make the most out of treating it, hopefully helping others out there who go through the same torture I go through medically. If you want to know any more tips and tricks, don't hesitate to personally message me!

1. Just keep swimming.

When a flare-up comes around out of the blue, you just HAVE to tell yourself to keep doing what you're doing. Stick to your plans and don't let yourself stay in bed all day just because you're having pain. Fight it and own it. I am slowly beginning to get better at dealing with flare-ups while having fun and it has made me a much stronger person.

2. Eat right every single day.

As upset as I am about it, I cannot eat the way I used to. No processed foods, no greasy or fried foods, and no sugar. With this condition, you have to eat healthy all of the time, for every single meal. I'm talking cooked veggies, grilled chicken, fruits, and an occasional bite of nondairy, low carb ice cream. It's overwhelmingly hard at first, but I promise it becomes a lifestyle.

3. Make your own decisions, the doctors aren't always correct.

We all know doctors, nurses, pediatricians, etc in the workplace aren't always correct in this field. I've learned that through all of the doctors I've had, none of them are perfect. Sometimes you have to trust yourself more than the doctor's decision. Half of this disease is based on self-healing, which leads me to my next point.

4. Natural meds are truly life savers!

One thing I have done to stop doctors from constantly wanting to prescribe me antibiotics or steroids is starting natural meds. This means taking turmeric, ginger root, flaxseed oil, and probiotics in a capsule DAILY. Let me tell you, this has changed my world completely for the better and I can feel myself healing in a safer way than constantly having to be on medications that eventually break down my immune system.

5. Fake it until you make it.

This last tip kind of ties in with my first point, but I can't express enough how important it is to keep a positive mindset throughout this journey. It is scary, not fun, and sometimes humiliating but you just have to keep telling yourself that you are strong enough to get through it. Having colitis is exhausting mentally, physically, and spiritually, but it definitely gives you confidence in yourself for getting through a tough day. "You've made it," I tell myself at the end of the day. "And tomorrow will be even better than today."

I am receptive and accepting of any other questions you might have about living with colitis. I am here to help and offer tips on how to successfully live with this!

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.

They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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Not Only Does Lack Of Sleep Make You Cranky, But It Also Affects Your Relationships

In fact, the lack of sleep affects your ability to fully engage in healthy and long-lasting relationships.


When I'm sleep deprived, I feel like the world is almost coming to an end. I'm the most cranky and irritable when I experience a lack of sleep. I'm sure many of you can relate to this and the struggles of it. It is one of the worst feelings to have because most of your actions get affected by it.

Sleep is an essential component in our lives because it provides us with the energy and resilience required to tackle memories and obstacles during the day. Usually, people who are sleep deprived will end up forgetting to complete simple tasks such as putting salt while cooking or picking something up from the patio. The inability to forget to do simple tasks stems from the lack of sleep experienced by many young adults like me.

As college students, we tend to underestimate the paramount importance of getting that target "8 hours" of sleep. Feeling sleepy while at a lecture is the eye-catching symptom for most sleep-deprived students and it is something that happens to me. In the same manner, sleep is closely tied to your relationships as well.

Recent studies have highlighted the fact that the amount of sleep you get does indeed affect your relationships. In fact, the lack of sleep affects your ability to fully engage in healthy and long-lasting relationships. You will most likely end up not reciprocating to what your significant other expects from you and that will end up straining the relationship even more. For instance, imagine if your S.O. wants to speak to you about something extremely important i.e. a life-changing decision. If you or your S.O. are sleep deprived, the conversation will go nowhere and chances are both of you will end up fighting.

Hence, sleep is crucial for the longevity of relationships as well as for your mental peace. Establishing a common bedtime is key towards developing a more closer bond with each other. In addition, mutual respect for each other's sleep patterns and work schedules plays a huge role in strengthening a couple's relationship. If both partners are able to balance their respective schedules, then they will still be able to spend some quality time together. Keep in mind, the cliché "8 hours" of sleep is extremely vital for a well-rested mind and body! You will end up becoming more productive throughout the day if you are not sleep deprived.

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