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10 Myths About Living With Ulcerative Colitis

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Myth #1: Diet can cure ulcerative colitis


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Myth #2: Diet causes ulcerative colitis


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Myth #3: Stress causes ulcerative colitis


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Myth #4: Ulcerative colitis is the same as Crohn’s disease


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Myth #5: Ulcerative colitis only affects your guts


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Myth #6: Ulcerative colitis means cancer


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Myth #7: Ulcerative colitis means surgery


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Myth #8: Ulcerative colitis is less severe than Crohn’s disease


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Myth #9: Removing your colon cures ulcerative colitis


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Myth #10: You can heal your guts when you have UC


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Mandy Patterson

Mandy Patterson

Mandy is a patient expert and advocate for ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She started down the road to advocacy after receiving an ulcerative colitis diagnosis in 2013, after experiencing complications of UC since 2010.

She’s a full-time technical writer and technical writing instructor for Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional writing. For her master’s thesis she wrote about the quality patient education materials for those diagnosed with UC, and the need for technical writers in the IBD medical field.

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