Segment 1 Topic: Sunny’s diagnosis and overcoming her embarrassment in living with it
SUNNY: When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis I was not ready to deal with it. First of all I was 19 I had just moved away from home to a foreign Country. I had no friends, my family wasn't here so usually when you get news like this you know it's a chronic illness um, you're having severe pain, you've got to go get constant testing you know from the barium enema to the colonoscopy, upper GI test, drinking that New Lightly stuff and like almost throwing up you know before your colonoscopy. There were just so many things that I went through um, on the way to my diagnosis and after I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis that I wish I would have had friends and family around. But here I was in a foreign land with brand new co-workers. How do you take a day off? Usually when people take a day off of work, they tell you what it is. You know what I mean? I've got a such and such appointment. You know it's my kids first day of school you know how do you say to your boss or your co-workers well I had to go get a colonoscopy? You know it's not sexy, it doesn’t sound like fun, and then it brings the room down. Like I've got to go see my kid off to school, oh adorable, but it was one of those things where it was like a secret. it was literally secret. I didn't want to tell anyone, it was embarrassing and the last thing you want to do is like have people think of you and think of your stool.
I think over the years my attitude has severely changed. I fell like I'm in a war against it, and it's ...it wanted to battle me on my life style, not just my life and my health, but my lifestyle. It's like at a certain pint you have to take your lifestyle back. I'm not going to let Ulcerative Colitis .. it's not even a thing, it's not human, so why is it pushing me around? You know? [LAUGHS] my disease is not going to push me around. Ulcerative Colitis can go sit in the corner and take a time out. Right now I'm going to tell my boss, I’m going to tell my friends I have no problem you know you just get to a point where you say to yourself how long am I going to feel embarrassed about something I had nothing to do with?