WOW!!! Once again, it has been forever. Currently in a “flare-up” yet again. Apparently I only remember this thing whenever times are really bad with this disease. Interesting, huh? This UC stuff really sucks!!! Sorry I haven’t been updating as much as I used to. So, essentially this means, “back to the drawing board”. I really don’t want the doctor to have to cut this thing out of me, but to a certain point, I just want it to be over already. Find me a cure and get rid of this junk. (same as most, I’m sure). Anyway, right now, my tummy is really bubbling and twisting and turning (again). It’s not too bad right now. I’m actually trying to learn about it now (pattern-recognition) and see if there can be any other changes, etc. I’ve tried so many things, but to no avail. I was just looking at e-cigarettes (nicotine assists in going into remission), but then I started thinking, “you know what will happen, I’ll end up getting addicted to THAT CRAP.” I don’t know for sure, but I’m really not up for putting myself in that situation. Maybe if it’s to a point of “get cut or do the nicotine thing”, I’ll go down that route, but not yet. It’s not killing me right now, but it’s definitely taking a toll on me. One thing that I’m noticing about this UC thing is that it’s all about STRESS, PERIOD. I attend a support group here and there (Chicago Loop area) and there are a lot of things that point me toward thinking that UC first manifests itself at a very very stressful time in the victim’s life. For example, mine showed up in college, right when I actually started to care about school and there was a genuine desire to succeed in school. Before that point I never really cared. I did enough to get by. However, once that desire showed up, that’s when my UC showed up. I was balancing school (now a driving force), work, and sports. For me, it was probably my most stressful time (probably ever). I stopped crying all together (natural stress relief), because let’s face it, you can’t be a cry-baby in college if you’re a male. Time after time I hear that UC showed up in other peoples’ lives at very very stressful points in their lives. Who knows, maybe I’ll try and start crying at least once a day now and see if that helps relieve stress. I also found something called Neuromodulation Technique (NMT – The Feinberg method) that was developed by (I think) Dr. Feinberg. It seems a little bit far-fetched, but at this point, I really don’t care. I see this method simply as a way to develop stress management strategies. There was at least one person who said they were cured from UC by using this method, so, I don’t know what to make of it just yet.