To the Person Just Diagnosed With Ulcerative Colitis

One question required an answer I had never spoken out loud before.

“When you go to the bathroom, is there blood when you poop?”

I answered yes.

Then, he asked, “How often?”

“Every single time.”

Then, he asked, “For how long?”

“For about 10 months.”

I still remember his reaction before he managed to get his face under control: his eyes widened in shock.

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