I’ve spent a few posts discussing possible causes of my ulcerative colitis, and here I want to pause and examine those causes so far. Together, in the fall of 2014, these pieces were starting to form a picture in my mind and to fit together, helping me understand my disease. The possible causes varied widely. It seemed likely that more than one, and possibly all, had played a role.
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In all my wonderings about what caused my colitis, I didn’t often dwell much on chemical toxins. Now and then, I came across references to the role of these toxins in triggering autoimmune diseases, but it seemed hard to believe that I could be one of the victims–it’s not like I grew up near a toxic waste facility, or sprayed pesticides for a living.
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Nothing dramatic happened when I started the dreaded prednisone. Not at first, anyway. A pill; a swallow; I moved on with my day. I tried not to think about it, and to just keep eating the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and living my life. I would have to wait and see what happened. This disease was a constant exercise in patience. Meanwhile, one evening I walked to the park to watch Ron … Continue reading →
It’s time to tell you what first prompted me to create this blog. In June 2014, I already had a blog, katiesonger.com. I wrote there about my writing–my book about my Dad, lessons learned as a new writer. But I didn’t feel comfortable writing there about my illness. It was too much of a tangent from the blog’s topic, and besides, it was embarrassing. It also felt professionally vulnerable. Ron … Continue reading →
By mid-May of 2014, I had finished several books on colitis and the digestive system. I was no expert, but I had a good handle on the basics of my disease. I wanted to learn more, though, about autoimmunity. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease. In autoimmunity, the body mistakes some piece of itself–in my case, the rectum–for an invader and attacks, causing inflammation. Many autoimmune diseases are inflammatory diseases, … Continue reading →