At first, I thought my illness was the flu or maybe the dreaded norovirus—nothing out of the ordinary for a college student. But I was in for a rude awakening. Little did I know my symptoms were actually the beginning of an entirely new life challenge I was totally unprepared for.
I found out one year ago these developing symptoms were actually ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes bleeding in the digestive tract. I was in the middle of a severe flare-up, meaning the inflammation had suddenly worsened, causing me serious pain.