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29 Things Only Someone with Ulcerative Colitis Would Understand

Medically reviewed by Judith Marcin, MD on February 15, 2017Written by Laurie Magan

1. When you hear someone say “UC,” you don’t think “University of California.”

university of california

2. You know the word "Depends" has more than one important meaning.

depends

3. You never want to hear the phrase "I have to go now" again.

i have to go now

4. A flare is not just something in a roadside emergency kit.

toilet paper emergency kit

5. You’ve seriously considered carrying a plunger in your purse.

plunger

6. Your poop talk is no longer confined to discussing your child’s diapers. And your friends are used to it.

poop talk

7. Everyone you know will give you advice on diet, stress management, and exercise — but all of those people have colons that actually function.

advice

8. Your doctor tells you not to be stressed or embarrassed by your symptoms, which only causes you to be stressed about not being stressed about your symptoms.

stress and symptoms

9. Instead of checking out where the nearest exit is in the restaurant, you always check out the quickest route to the bathroom.

nearest bathroom

10. You literally LOL when someone asks if you want to go horseback riding.

horseback riding

11. It’s totally normal to say words like “colon” and “rectum” in casual conversation, often with total strangers.

colon in casual conversation

12. You agree that the best thing you can do for yourself is join a gym and exercise, as long as you can get the treadmill closest to the bathroom door.

colon in treadmill closest to bathroom

13. Your friends say “Wow! You’ve lost so much weight!” and ask for your secret, like it’s a good thing.

weight loss

14. You’ve actually liked an official UC page on Facebook.

facebook

15. You know that you’re never going to buy the green bathroom tissue that feels like tree bark, or really anything less than two-ply. Ever.

eco-friendly toilet paper

16. Your fear of the line at the restroom door exceeds your fear of zombies and spiders combined.

bathroom lines

17. You really want to participate in a walk to raise money for UC research, but only if they have porta-potties strategically stationed along the route.

walk to raise money

18. You know that the hashtag #badgut has nothing to do with beer bellies.

hashtag bad gut

19. Your bathroom is the best decorated room in your house.

bathroom decor

20. Taco Bell is definitely not on your lists of approved foods. In fact, no Mexican food is. And neither is Indian, nor Thai, nor anything else that tastes good.

list of approved restaurants

21. The automatic flushing toilet doesn’t understand that you just might not be ready to leave yet.

automatic flushing toilet

22. The phrase “trust your gut” has absolutely no meaning for you.

trust your gut

23. You joined Costco just to buy toilet paper.

costco toilet paper

24. When you got colitis, the bottom didn’t fall out from your world, the world fell out from your bottom.

world fell out

25. When someone shouts, “I hate your guts!” you immediately think “me, too.”

i hate your guts

26. You have your “special pants” for the day after your prednisone treatment.

prednisone special pants

27. You’re on a first-name basis with the endoscopy technician.

endoscopy technician

28. The list of foods you can’t eat is longer than your Christmas list.

foods you cant eat list

29. No one wants to go on a road trip with you, because, well, you know.

road trip
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