Jiving on Regardless


I’m Charlotte, I am 32, and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 23 having been ill from the age of 21.  I have been married for nearly ten years so my husband has seen me through and supported me throughout my entire illness.  We have two boys aged 5 and 3.

I had what was initially diagnosed as moderate distal colitis with fairly minimal presentation, however I suffered severe symptoms which at the time I was told were more in keeping with severe pan colitis.  After no remission in ten years and having now exhausted every known medical therapy available in 2008 I elected for surgery – total colectomy with ileo anal astamosis (removal of entire colon and J-Pouch formation).  It was in fact discovered through surgery that I had more inflammation on the outside of my bowel, hence severe symptoms – the damn disease was trying to hide 🙂 I had a temporary ileostomy for seven months which was reversed (taken down) in January this year, 2009. It has now been a couple of months and all is well with my new pouch and my UC is cured!! :-DD

The title of my blog is due to the fact that in January 2007 (during a good spell on Cyclosporin)  I walked into a Modern Jive Class, on my own, to find a new hobby, new friends and new fitness. In the last two years I have achieved all three and much more despite my UC. In August 2007 I finally convinced my husband to dance and we now predominantly dance West Coast Swing but are absolutely addicted to dance and could not imagine our lives with out it.  Dancing makes me want to get up and get on regardless and despite of my UC/surgeries – I highly recommend it in any form.

I write this blog as I find it easier to get my thoughts out ‘on paper’ so to speak. I also wanted to record my experiences in the hope that someone else might read it and find something helpful or supportive. It is a lonely business being ill and Ulcerative Colitis is not the easiest illness to talk about.

I hope you enjoy my moans and groans :-p

Charlotte x


Hi, I think your blog is terrific — I would like to feature you on Wellsphere. Would you drop me an email?

Cheers, Geoff

Geoffrey W. Rutledge, MD, PhD

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge says:

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Because we’re impressed by your writing, even if you’re not sure about joining our network right away, we can start out by adding a link to your blog in our Notable WellSites section – connecting our millions of visitors to your blog. If you’re interested in joining our Health Bloggers Network, or in being listed as a “Notable Wellsite” on our WellPages and linking to that WellPage in your blogroll, please just reply to this email and let me know.
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Lottie says:

Hi Dr Rutledge,

Please feel free to use my blog address and I wish you ever success with Wellsphere.


Jennifer says:

Hi Charlotte,

I thought the readers of your blog might be interested in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s March 30th Teleconference, “Breakthroughs in IBD Research: Helping You Today.” More information is below.


March 30 Teleconference Addresses Research Breakthroughs
Research in IBD is changing and improving the way Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diagnosed and treated. Tune into the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s interactive educational webcast/teleconference, “Breakthroughs in IBD Research: Helping You Today,” on Tuesday, March 30, at 1:00 pm EST. National expert and researcher Stephan R. Targan, MD, will discuss recent advances in IBD research and answer audience questions during an interactive question and answer session. Register today at no cost: click here (http://www.ccfa.org/webcasts/research) to register online, or call 877-547-5641, ext. 312.

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