For the past eight years it never really sunk in that I’m chronically ill! Yes I’ve had the terrible flare ups associated with Ulcerative Colitis. The frequent bowel movements, intense pain, and weight loss are just a few of the symptoms I was dealing with. But my mind has always been focused on battling the disease. I never thought about how my life has completely changed. I mean really taken the time to let these thoughts and emotions pass.