Just after New Year's I started having digestive issues that got worse. I went to see the doctor and after several tests they sent me in for a colonoscopy. On February 16th, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I'm currently taking Prednisone and Balsalazide (Colazal). This has been one of the hardest years of my life thus far. I am a relatively active person and karate is in my blood. Lately, I haven't been able to do all that I have been wanting to do, and it's been frustrating. But I am holding on and trusting that the Lord will heal me. I am blessed to have great family, friends, and a truly incredible boyfriend to help me through it all... I'll get there eventually. It'll just take some time.