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What Helps Peggy, 60, With Colitis

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Editor's Note

Any medical information included is based on a personal experience. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.

With our ongoing “What Helps Me” series, The Mighty is leaning into what sets us apart from other health sites: We aim to provide real health advice from real people who live it.

In this spirit, we asked our community for the best insights and tips they’ve developed for managing their conditions. As always, they responded with their unique health stories and we are happy to pass along their well-tested resources to you.

Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.

Today, we meet Mighty member Peggy. She is 60 years old and lives with colitis.

Peggy, what helps you?

THE MIGHTY: What helps you most when your condition affects your physical health?

PEGGY: I stay home and make sure that I am near the bathroom, drink something with electrolytes, wear loose clothing, and take naps when I’m able to. I also use caution when I’m eating so I do not eat too much fiber.

What helps you most when your condition affects your mental health?

Researching my illness, checking out The Mighty, and talking with my husband helps me most. I love that my husband does not try to “fix” me; he just listens.

How do you cope when your normal self-care isn’t working?

I just keep on putting one foot in front of the other. I also remind myself that my pain and the related symptoms will eventually pass.

Thank you to Peggy for her contributions to our community. Did you find this helpful? Add your gratitude in the comments.

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Originally published: June 10, 2022
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