Patient Story: Diagnosed with UC at 13, Freda Still Managed to Build a Happy Life for Herself and Her Family

I developed ulcerative colitis when I was 13 years old and spent time in the London Hospital throughout my teen years. I was on steroid medications. When I was sick it was a nightmare but I can't say I didn't have fun as a teen. I married young and found myself pregnant at 20 years. I was very morning sick and it brought on a colitis episode. The doctors wanted to abort my baby but I said no. I was finally released from my doctor's care when I was 7 months and went back into the hospital at eight months with very high blood pressure. My son was born two days after my 21st birthday. He was perfectly healthy.

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We had our daughter three years later. When she was eighteen months we came to Canada. After being here for nearly a year we decided to try for another baby but we were leery about the pills I was on. I went to a doctor and he told me to just quit taking my medications. Two weeks later I was taken into the emergency. I had lost 20 lbs. and was very ill. I had a battery of tests. They tried to pump barium into my bowels but it just ran right back out. They had concerns I had cancer on top of the colitis. My bowel had totally collapsed. I had five blockages and it had leaked throughout my other organs so I had an ileostomy. I recovered quite well.

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We have since had three more lovely kids, I learned how to swim (that was huge for me) and have lived a grand life. I have had my ileostomy for 41 years now. I am 68 now, have 15 grandchildren and I am still in good health. If I can help anyone I would be very happy to. Live long and prosper guys!

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