January 18, 2012

A Deeper Look into Our Lives

With the start of a New Year it seems like everyone is on a nice healthy kick. We're joining the ranks. As some of you may already know, Scott has very severe Ulcerative Colitis. UC is an autoimmune disease which causes ulcers in the lining of the colon. As you can imagine, this makes going to the bathroom a horribly painful process. There is no cure but there are different options for meds that can keep it under control and help people to go into periods of remission. Half of those with it have very mild symptoms. Others, have it so bad that the only option is to remove the colon.

Since being diagnosed five years ago, Scott has never really been in remission. He has tried one new medicine after another and finally, just after I got pregnant with Landon, he found a couple meds that helped. He was doing fairly well, BUT (and isn't there always a but?) one of the meds causes infertility and the other causes serious birth defects so the doctor advised us to not try to have kids while he was taking them. Well, that's all fine and dandy but Landon's not going to be an only child forever. So, this past summer Scott went off all his meds. As you can guess, his symptoms all came back with a vengeance. Alternate meds didn't do a darn thing to help. The doc was seriously talking to him about colon removal.

And at that point when things looked horrendous, the Lord stepped in. The people in our lives are not placed there by happenstance. I firmly believe this. Over the past few months Scott has become close friends with a guy he worked with. Then at this critical time, Scott finds out he has similar digestive issues, and two sisters with UC. He traveled the country, researching, talking to doctors, and finding new methods of treatment for it. By a combination of diet, probiotics, supplements, and kefir, he has been able to combat and reverse his digestive problems.

He had Scott come right over to his house (and in the meantime, went to the heath food store to buy Scott all the supplements, probiotics and things he would need.) He taught him how to make kefir, instructed him on diet restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, steamed veggies) and sent him home with a car full of "goodies" including a nice freezer stash of organic, grass-fed, no hormones, all-natural beef.

This was a couple weeks ago and so far things are looking hopeful. We will be giving it a good three months to see...

"But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things with God hath prepared for them that love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

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stacy marie said...

we'll be thinking of you guys for sure and hoping all the diet stuff works wonders!!! I am a firm believer in the range free, gluten free etc. diets that are going around. We have a lady in our ward who does this bc all of her daughters get incredibly sick from regular foods, and she swears by it all. Anyways, being in pain is just the worst so fingers crossed here for Scott! But I have a feeling it will get better. You guys will be blessed for your righteous endeavors, I'm sure! Loves!

Brent and Nicole said...

Wow, that's a lot to deal with! Hopefully the diet change will help Scott out. I know of so many people whose lives had changed when they went dairy-free, gluten-free or vegan. Good luck you guys!

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