I’m Madison. I’m 23 years old, a young professional, and have big dreams. I love health, fitness, food, and performing. I’m close with my family and many of my friends are basically family. My brother, Matthew, decided the name of this blog and inspires me everyday – he’s absolutely my best friend! My boyfriend, and better half, is Kyle and I had to give him a shout out too. He’s a trooper because on our one year anniversary, my life changed forever and he’s handled it like a champ. That life changing moment? I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
Ulcera-what? Ulcerative Colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers to the large intestine. It’s part of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) family and is similar to, but different, than Crohn’s disease.
I was diagnosed at 23 but I’ve had symptoms since I was 18. I spent my first semester of my freshman year of college really sick and without answers. I was hospitalized my junior year of college, 5 days before the start of finals week. I did not have any symptoms again until I started my first full-time job and was finally diagnosed in October 2016. Honestly, I was relieved!! A diagnosis means that I can be treated. But anyone with UC or Crohn’s knows that the treatments available are expensive and or not that effective. If you want to know the nitty gritty of my UC story, click here.
From the minute I was diagnosed, I decided I would not let this disease take over my life. I would do whatever I could to make sure I was healthy enough to do the things I love – work out, perform, hang out with friends and family, travel, and make a big career for myself. This blog is my way to document what works for me, what does not, and share my life with you!