Dear Society: A Letter From an Ulcerative Colitis Patient

July 18, 2018

Dear Modern Society,

I bet you’re tired of getting letters by now, aren’t you? It seems as though everyday there’s a new letter to the world, telling us how ill-informed we are on endless topics. This will not be that type of letter. Though I do hope we can all agree that we’ve got a lot of learning to do, this letter isn’t even really about you, per se. It’s about me and a bunch of my friends who are just your average people living with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic illness of the digestive system.

UC is a chronic condition many don’t talk about

There are about 100,000 people in the United States living with UC, so you likely already know someone who has it — maybe a coworker or an old friend. There’s also a good chance that you don’t know they have UC because they don’t want you to know — that’s likely because for some reason, society has decided it’s embarrassing to talk about the digestive tract. We all have one, we all use it every day, but for some reason, we can’t talk about it: Digestive tracts are like Fight Club.

 

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