Ulcerative Colitis Essay

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Living with Ulcerative Colitis Tina Soria NUR/427 January 26, 2015 Trecia Jones-Clouden, MSN, RN, CNL Living with Ulcerative Colitis Introduction The citizens of the United States lead demanding lives with poor diets, inadequate support and finances, and unpredictable health insurance. The health care varies and is further complicated by interrelated chronic illnesses. I will discuss the life of a college, women, Emily, who has ulcerative colitis. After reading my paper, readers will have a clear depiction of how ulcerative colitis, a chronic illness, shaped Emily’s life; how she was diagnosed; how she continued her college life; and the adjustments that inspired her active participation in her constant treatment. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic autoimmune disease of the gastrointestinal system. More specifically, “ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum” which in turn affects the absorption of necessary nutrients (Mayo Clinic, 1998-2015, para. 1). Ulcerative colitis treatments are medications and lifestyle modifications. Patients experience periods of short-term or long-term remissions. Ulcerative colitis signs and systems gradually increase. For this reason, “ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications” if, not treated adequately (Mayo Clinic, 1998-2015, para. 2). Ulcerative Colitis Shapes Life Many young adults in the United States experience the same stress factors appropriate for their age and current position in life. Not only is Emily a college student, but she is only 19 year of age and away from family and past friends. She was officially diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at this age. The life changing effects began when she was 18 years old. Her doctor at the college ordered her first colonoscopy due her father having colon cancer and

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