Vital voices: Lucy's story living with ulcerative colitis
In this video Lucy describes her long road to diagnosis and the importance of finding the right doctor.
The best way for me to be heard was to not let anybody not listen to me.
When taking my diagnosis, it was really frustrating because I went to a ton of different doctors and had people tell me all sorts of different things
from being allergic to food, to it being related to my menstrual cycle.
It's almost like people questioning if I knew my own anatomy, which is so typical of a lot of male doctors that I've encountered.
Having a doctor of color always matters to me. People who have dealt with oppression, people
who have dealt with not being taken seriously are usually better listeners and a little bit more understanding.
There's just something to be said for people who can relate to you or who you feel like you can relate to or trust.
To find the right doctors and medication was life changing and my life improved.
Having someone just listen to me and take the time and not feel like I was being rushed out of an appointment
and finally get to the bottom of what was going on with me and help me figure out a way to manage it and get me
like to almost remission now, it just-- I couldn't be more grateful to have that.
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