First of all: WOO HOO!! 2/3 of the way through the 90-day SCD challenge, and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone, and how relatively painless it’s been. TWO months. Holy crap! That means two months without chocolate, chips, junk food of ANY kind, regular restaurant food, fast food, cookies, CAKE, mom’s cooking, dad’s cooking, anyone else’s cooking and CAKE. Did I mention CAKE?!?!?
I’m proud of this milestone and I’m pretty sure my body is grateful for it. While time-consuming at, and times, frustrating, it has been MUCH easier than I anticipated. This diet is hard, but it’s not even close to impossible.
And now for the even better news
My UC prognosis is apparently great! A few months ago, I applied for dread disease cover, which basically pays out a lump sum if you are diagnosed with any dread diseases, like cancer, heart disease, and a whole whack of others. If you have a pre-existing condition, you may be excluded from cover for that disease (understandable), but ALSO, any other diseases that the insurers think may arise as a result of your disease.
So, for those with UC or Crohn’s, colon cancer and other colon-related diseases are often excluded, because you’re at increased risk of these diseases anyway, and insurers won’t often cover you for them.
My insurance company contacted my physician to get a report on my UC. And, while I don’t know what he said, I do know that he must have a really positive outlook for my disease because the insurance has decided NOT to exclude me from any potential complications in the future. That must mean that my doctor doesn’t think I’m at a greatly increased risk of further complications down the line.
I’m SO HAPPY about this. THRILLED! Of course I know I will continue to fight this disease for the rest of my life, but it’s under control now and I intend to keep it that way with diet, exercise and relatively healthy living. Knowing I’m in a good place now only makes me want to stay there – it’s the biggest motivation there is.
This path is easier for some, and much harder for others. I am so fortunate to not have needed surgery or lengthy hospitalisations, but I also know how tenuous one’s health can be, especially when you have IBD. Treating your body with respect is the only way to keep it happy. I haven’t always done it and I don’t have it 100% right yet – not even close – but every day I’m trying, and I think that’s the most important thing. So cheers to SCD!