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Rich

I'm Rich, a 36 year old teacher living and working by the sea in Brighton, UK. I am happily married with two children aged 13 and 10. I have been a sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis for the last 7 years, and who knows how long before diagnosis. I have run the whole gamut of drugs from 5ASA's to... Full Bio
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Search, Search, Survive. by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Martin from the fantastic Number Two's UC blog received a message from a graduate student at University of Washington School of Nursing who is working on a thesis entitled: ... Read on »
Blue eyes cryin' in the rain by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 16 packed days since my last post, during which I have not updated because any amount of writing served to remind me that I was imminently delivering another speech at the R ... Read on »
Feats don't fail me now! by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis I passed 6 months drug free last week, sunday to be exact. I left it unmentioned; the first monthly increase passed without comment. And then BANG: this... It started wed ... Read on »
The Real Me by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis When all is going well, sometimes you need to test the UC. Of course, that is a complete load of old cobblers, but it is true that sometimes something happens to test it for ... Read on »
The Look of Love by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Hey! No counting. (But it's over 5 and a half months... ) I was in the pub the other night with friends of 25plus years. These are the kind of absolutely rock-solid, depe ... Read on »
Boom! Shake the Room by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 24 weeks. Nearly. I think (I've tried to count twice, and drifted off both times. Maybe I shouldn't keep counting anyway?). An April fools day visit to the Gastro cli ... Read on »
Ride the wild surf. by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 5 calender months and 4 days... The day after my 5th monthly anniversary of being drug and symptom free came a big fat test of mental strength... year 10 fieldwork! Oh ye ... Read on »
Sunglasses After Dark by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 22 weeks exactly. And, by my reckoning, Wednesday will see the arrival of 5 calender months drug free. So all remains well in the regime of positivity. But, it is not wit ... Read on »
Torn and Frayed by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 20 weeks and one day... 4 whole calender months (plus a little at either end)... As I have become more regular, I have been a less regular blogger. I'm going to try to im ... Read on »
A Hazy Shade of Winter by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 17 weeks and 4 days... I interrupt my recollection of recent encounters with ghosts from the UC past to ask this question: do you often have a 'perfect' moment? ... Read on »
Who's gonna shoe your pretty little feet? by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 16 weeks and two days... I had been lazy. There was little to report. Bumping along quite nicely. Doing the therapies, living life... Then I was visited by an old acqu ... Read on »
Little Drop of Poison by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis 13 weeks, two days... Over the years of life with UC I have tried to be proactive. It inevitably starts with trawling the internet - my first consultant recommended this, ... Read on »
What difference does it make? by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Twelve weeks and two days of life without drugs... Here I am in a new drugless month, a new drugless year... a new drugless decade? Ha! Lets keep things in perspective. I ... Read on »
Ding Dong Merrily on High by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Boxing Day - traditionally the feast of St Stephen upon which (apparently since the middle-ages in one form or another) the rich give to the poor. The name 'Boxing' is thoug ... Read on »
Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis It snowed this week! The ipod is loaded down with christmas tunes (see below). Just switched the last of the christmas lights on. Picking up the locally-reared, fre ... Read on »
Floral Dance by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Six weeks and two days (44.5 days) of drug free living... I continue to be beset by other trivial ailments. Before I recount these, have no doubt, I bear them with a broa ... Read on »
Here comes the Nice by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis OH. MY. GOD. That is now five weeks without a pill popped. Thirty-eight, glorious days to be exact. Thirty-eight days. I should say that this state of affairs has co-incided ... Read on »
Too Much Too Young by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis To quote Spinal Tap (and a good friend of mine) sometimes you get "too much fucking perspective"... The Mercy Seat is about to become an outlet for the purest positivity. ... Read on »
If you're feeling sinister by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Sometimes there is nothing to say. Sometimes there is too much to say. Sometimes there is a mix of too much and nothing to say... On Sunday the 25th of October I took my ... Read on »
Train in Vain by Rich Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis This is such a great picture. It is the Granville-Paris Express overrunning the platform at Montparnesse Station, Paris, on 22nd October 1895. I was reminded of it when it a ... Read on »