Ryan -- Succeed in Business

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I'm Ryan!

I'm 17 years old, in Grade 11 at Cardinal Newman High School in Hamilton.

I like to bike ride, preferably on trails. During the winter months I usually swim. I also enjoy just sitting around, relaxing and talking with friends.

I have two brothers, one younger and one older. Together we have a golden retriever named Maya.

I was 13 or 14 when I was diagnosed. I was very tired early in the day and was unusually cold in warm weather. I had become anemic, so I went to our family doctor who put me on iron pills. By that time I had also lost a lot of weight and was very pale.

After a series of tests, I was diagnosed. I can't remember how I felt about the diagnosis. I guess you could say that I accepted it. I really didn't know what I was getting into so I just listened to the doctor. The doctor put me on a drug called Mesasal® (5-aminosalicylic acid), the same drug I am on now. Now I come to Mac Kids about two to three times a year.

I have told my friends about the IBD, and I am comfortable with the illness I have.

My advice to a newcomer would be to take your medication as directed. I know this is one is obvious, but when you are feeling good you may less likely to take your meds.

You're not alone. If you are not feeling well you should tell someone or call the clinic.