How about the most successful British Olympian of all time, Sir Steve Redgrave?
He also has diabetes to contend with but still managed to somehow win 5 gold medals. Do these rowing boats have toilets in them? They don’t look very comfortable do they? And in order to train properly he consumed between 6,000- 7,000 calories everyday. That is a lot of food to digest.
Yet he succeeded by sheer determination, focus, brilliant strategy planning and management, not taking “no” for an answer and a belief that he could do it again and again and again.
Now what can you learn from all this? Firstly by not relying entirely on your doctor for every aspect of your care. Take some resposibililty yourself. Ensure you are always aware of your health, how your colitis is behaving whether in remission or during a relapse. And perhaps even more importantly, you need to focus on the challenge in front of you, today, tomorrow and into the future.
Life does not stop when you have been diagnosed with colitis. When you are susceptible to colitis symptoms. Alter your lifestyle, plan better, but keep on living the best you can. Do not accept that the best of life has gone and from now on it will just be a question of surviving.
It certainly does not have to be like that. I am not saying start training for the Olympics, but colitis should not be the excuse or reason to stop living.