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Darren
UC since 2010

Vancouver, BC, Canada
My life took a major turn in November 2009. Despite feeling healthy as a horse, exercising a lot and eating a nutritious diet, I started having strange symptoms. They were just symptoms to me at the time of course, causing me some worry but not a lot, as I figured I would go to the doctor and have the issue addressed and be done with it. Little did I know that a month later I would have a sigmoidoscopy that would make the matter much more serious. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I was placed on mesalamine suppositories and the symptoms were gone in a couple of weeks. That wasn’t so bad I thought.

After a mild couple of flares over the following years, I found myself battling a flare that was much more resistant to meds than previous ones. As I went through a laundry list of medications, I became more and more sick. I was losing 5 pounds a week. Even the most simple of foods like white rice would go through me in no time. It felt horrible to have a glass of water.

I was started on prednisone but it was too late. After a few days, I was so weak, malnourished and dehydrated, that I was admitted to the hospital. My immune system was so busy fighting my digestive system that my health was plummeting. Those two systems are supposed to be buddies.

As that flare escalated, I learned about the psychological impact a chronic disease can have on a person. It creeps into every aspect of your life, including the lives of your loved ones. It brings you to your knees physically and emotionally.

Thankfully I began to slowly recover in the hospital and after a few days, I was well enough to leave. I’ll never forget the joy I felt on the ride home that day. Regaining my health made me feel as though I was getting my life back.

That particular flare was an important one in my life. Although my gastroenterologist had started me on all sorts of medications in the weeks leading up to being hospitalized, I didn’t feel like they were working and I didn’t have access to him to ask all my questions. As I became more and more sick, I became more desperate in my search for information and answers online. There is a seemingly endless supply of medical information online, from articles on well-known health sites about 7 foods to avoid with IBD, to conflicting answers from patients on health forums. Why was it so hard to find detailed, trustworthy information I asked

A good friend of mine is a gastroenterologist. When I told him about my frustrations in finding great information online, he said he felt the same pain from a physician’s perspective. There weren’t any sites that provided the information he wanted his patients to know. It was during that discussion that the idea for TrustedTherapies.com came about.

I’m happy to say I haven’t been in the hospital again for a flare since then. I’m counting my blessings. I’m also happy to say that Trusted Therapies has grown from an idea into a great source of hope, information and support for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Thanks for taking the time to read my profile and for coming to the site.