Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery

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Narrative of an individual's successful recovery from inflammatory bowel disease.

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Fourteen years ago, at age 17, a gastroenterologist diagnosed me with ulcerative colitis. Over seven years my health steadily deteriorated resulting in hospital stays, a bloodied intestine, heavy steroids, poor spirits, and probable surgery. Fortunately, I came across Elaine Gottschall's book Breaking the Vicious Cycle which painstakingly describes a Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), and the science behind it, for putting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and diverticulitis in remission.

After a year of following the diet described in the book I was able to taper off of medications and found my strength returning. The SCD became habit and, although I still subscribed to an e-mail list for others using the diet, ulcerative colitis steadily fell from the forefront of my life. In the second year on the diet I went back to school at night, finished a graduate degree, and plunged forward. and didn't look back. Similar to many people who joined the e-mail list, my initial period of excitement, marked by e-mailing many questions and telling my doctor about the diet, was followed by simply living my life and occasionally reading the e-mail to answer questions asked by others. I wanted to forget most of my experiences during ages 17 through 24.

Today, facing the options of forgetting or doing something positive, I started writing a two page narrative of my experience with ulcerative colitis. Those two pages turned into this book. Luckily, my recovery is not unique, it has been experienced by hundreds of others, of all ages and stages of IBD. However, the recovery should be shared with the hundreds of thousands whose lives continue to revolve around their personal struggles with IBD.

I put my story forward as a small step in assistance of others.

About the Author:

The author currently lives in a house with an orange porch in New Haven, Connecticut. This is his first (and last) book about his intestines. He regained his health from critical investigations in libraries, bookstores, and the internet. He also maintains the SCDRecipe.com website which contains a compilation of recipes from the SCD community e-mail lists.

The author grew up in North Haven, Connecticut. He received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1994, and M.Sc. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999.

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