In 1986 I was a college student in Scotland studying Art & Design. I was busy with school and working two jobs, dating and socializing. I was burning the candle at both ends and loving every minute! I started to experience cramping and bowel urgency during this timeframe. It wasn’t until I began to have rectal bleeding that I went to my GP; his suggestion was to eat more fiber and not to worry. That same year I met a wonderful American man, fell in love and immigrated to America. It was a stressful time; I was planning my wedding, I began to have increased bowel urgency, cramping, bleeding and fatigue. I found a PCP that also had a background in gastroenterology, he performed a colonoscopy and I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I was prescribed medication and told that this would be a lifelong disorder that I would have to learn to live with. During my worst times when I was having 3-4 flairs a year, that lasted months at a time, I questioned if I was really living or just surviving. I was afraid to leave the house or plan a day out because I wasn’t sure I would make it to the toilet in time. I figured out that if I didn’t eat all day then I would be safe to attend social gatherings. I knew where every toilet was and when visiting friends / family I would ask to have a toilet available only to me if possible. I always had a change of clothing with me wherever I went. I lived like that for 27 years!! I should tell you that I eventually changed my career from Art to the Medical field; I’ve been managing 2 medical practices for the past 15 years. I thought I had educated myself with every cutting-edge treatment available for Ulcerative Colitis - I tried them all with little to no relief. I met doctor Angela Lambert at a Women’s Business workshop in 2012; we sat at the same table during the lunch break and I felt a connection with her immediately. She noted the dark circles under my eyes and advised that it wasn’t “normal.” I booked a consult with her and within a few weeks of following her medical advice, taking the supplements, and changing my diet I began to experience decreased cramping, bowel urgency and fatigue. Since beginning treatment with Dr. Angela, I have had 2 minimal flairs that lasted a few days. Within the first year of treatment, the dark circles under my eyes have lightened considerably, my latest colonoscopy revealed that the UC has gone from moderate to mild and best of all, I can eat & attend social functions. I finally have my life back! Thank you, Dr. Angela Lambert.