Lucretia and her son with Ulcerative Colitis

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I guess if you are reading this then you got some news that you weren’t expecting to hear! I know you are probably scared and honestly you probably have no idea what it all means! My name is Lucretia and my son, Anthony was 10 years old when he was diagnosed in March 2012 with initially ulcerative colitis. After another colonoscopy in December 2012 he was upgraded to IBD indeterminate. I can’t put into words how much of a shock this was! No parent ever wants to find out their child has a chronic illness that will affect their entire life and we were no exception! Upon receiving the diagnosis we didn’t even know what questions to ask as we were completely clueless about IBD. So we began our journey researching the disease and trying to stay within the sites that our Doctor had suggested. We are almost 2 years into our son’s diagnosis and we still don’t know everything there is to know about the disease. We are definitely learning as we go. I want to encourage you and let you know that things will get better from here! Once we got our son on his medications his life has been so much easier and he feels so much better and he is thriving now! Most of the time you don’t even know anything is even wrong with him! WooHoo! And let me tell you, we have an ACTIVE son! He plays travel baseball (and is pretty darn good, even if I say so myself. Ha ha!) and is always on the go! So this does not have to change your child’s whole life!

Let me just end this with a few pointers that I learned along the way:

1.) Know that it will get better and this disease can definitely be controlled.

2.) Ask your Doctor what sites they recommend you using for research. A great book to start with is ‘Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease’.

3.) Last, but not least, reach out to one of the IBD support groups! This has been a great way for our son to meet other kids who are in his same shoes and great place for comfort and knowledge for us as parents too!

I assure you it will get better! And you will be amazed by how much better your child will feel now that they know what is going on in their body and can get on the right medications to help them. I am always learning something new about IBD, so never be afraid to ask questions!


Lucretia’s son is treated at an ImproveCareNow center.

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