When you have a severe chronic illness like UC, it’s normal to have some bad days. Really bad days, even — when you feel like you just can’t do it anymore, thanks to the increased risk of depression that comes with IBD.
If you’re feeling this way, it’s time to reach out for help. There are support groups, therapists, and other resources to get you back on track. Know that it’s OK to cry, but it’s even more important to recharge your batteries and keep moving forward.
Need some inspiration for those hard days? These UC patients share their words of wisdom to help reassure you that yes, it sucks right now, but things can and will get better. One UC patient, Rebecca Allan, says, “I suffered for years and I never thought I would get to a point where my day-to-day life wasn’t unbearably painful. Yet here I am, in remission, thanks to my hospital and medication. Keep fighting and trying different things to improve your health, as one thing that might not work for someone else could work for you!”