10 Great Things About Having Ulcerative Colitis

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Let me start by saying this: I know how much this disease can suck. I’ve felt so much of it myself, and I have dozens of friends who deal with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on a daily basis – often symptoms that are way worse than my own. And I know it does take time for a patient, especially a newly diagnosed one, to get to a place of peace with their body. I was diagnosed 16 years ago and still have days where I hate my insides and what they’ve put me through.

Still, I believe there are some benefits, some good things – even some blessings – that come with having ulcerative colitis. Once you’ve worked through the darkest days, you can slowly open your heart to the great things that happen even though you have a gut gremlin. For example…

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