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More Than Meets The Eye


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A sufferer's attempt to spread awareness about Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a painful autoimmune condition of the colon (the long intestine).

Liam Robertson's book, More Than Meets The Eye discusses practical, day-to-day issues encountered by people suffering from Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a painful autoimmune condition affecting the colon (the last part of the digestive system).

UC is one of the group of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) that includes Crohn's Disease. It is characterized by repeated attacks of sudden painful stomach cramps. One feels the urge to visit the toilet immediately to empty the bowels. A lot of blood, and sometimes air too, is passed out with the stool.

In this book, the author recounts his experiences with UC since age 21. He seeks to help others by spreading awareness about it. 'Auto-immune' implies an abnormal condition in which the body's immune system attacks itself. There is no permanent cure for UC, which falls under this category. Immunosuppressant drugs and lifestyle changes, particularly restricted diet and exercise keep it in check. Managed well, one experiences remission for long periods but there is no guarantee that flare-ups will not recur.

Living with UC is a big challenge indeed. While it need not necessarily ruin your career and quality of life, it forces you into a life of silent suffering and stress. You have to be continually alert to the recurrence of its symptoms. Then comes the need to learn to handle socially difficult situations. For example, if you are talking to someone when an attack occurs and you want to rush to the toilet, you have to force yourself to wait patiently until you can politely excuse yourself. You may also have to prepare yourself to cope with emotionally dark periods when nothing seems to work well for you.

Public awareness of UC is low presently. Being a serious health condition, making people everywhere aware of it ASAP, is extremely important. Among other benefits, spreading awareness will prepare us not to be overwhelmed if confronted with symptoms of the disease at any time. New sufferers would also be able to find comfort in knowing that medical treatment exists and there are fellow-sufferers in the world who are already coping very well with UC. Another thing, enlightened employers would be enabled to treat affected employees fairly. Due to its relevance, I recommend this book to all readers in general. I also recommend this book as a vital read for policy/decision-makers in Government and/or industry/private organizations, NGOs, HR managers, and the like.

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First time indie author of 'More Than Meets The Eye - Living With Ulcerative Colitis'. The personal and true story of living with an auto-immune condition, including the psychological stress, social awkwardness and unforeseen accidents that reflect life for many sufferers. view profile

Published on April 20, 2020

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