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Laura Scaviola

Being diagnosed and living with UC has definitely impacted
my life choices, especially changing my view on health.

From Connecticut, USA
Diagnosed with UC in 2013

Real person living with UC.

What is the biggest thing you’ve had
to overcome since your diagnosis?

The biggest challenge has been rearranging my priorities to meet the needs of my disease. I have
always been one to involve myself in many activities and responsibilities. But living with ulcerative
colitis has a way of demanding a lot of time and energy. So it requires patience when adapting to the
demands of this disease without feeling it has control over me. I have learned to listen to my body
and that I can't overextend myself.
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How has UC impacted you?

Being diagnosed and living with UC has definitely impacted my view on health. Now I am much more
aware of the importance of sleep patterns, stress control, maintaining relationships, and what food I
put in my body. I’ve found following a nutrient-dense, clean diet has helped my journey with ulcerative
colitis, though I understand this may not have the same effect for everyone.

Number of countries visited:

8 and counting …


What is the hardest part about having UC?

I would say that the hardest part is the unpredictable nature of the disease. One day I can be
counting the days of remission only to relapse for no identifiable reason. Because of this, it is hard to
identify what works and what doesn’t. This also makes it hard for others to understand. The disease
is in my colon, not on my face. So, no one can see the pain, fatigue, and fear. My symptoms of UC
continue to test my strength.

My Personal Motto:

You can do it alone,
but you don’t have to.


What does “being in control
of your UC” mean to you?

I have found that what I feed my body and how I treat it is directly connected to the status of my
condition – so, to me, “being in control” means that I am treating my body correctly and in a way that
makes me feel the best that I can.

Bucket List:

Learn Italian and find
my ancestors in Italy.


How has being involved with the
UC community affected you?

When I was first diagnosed with UC, I immediately felt alone. I didn’t know anyone with this medical
condition. I found a lot of comfort in the UC community on social media sites, and connecting with
others who also have UC made me feel like I was part of a resilient group of warriors. Through this, I
found my purpose in advocacy. It is important to me to make sure other UC fighters don’t feel alone.

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Meet our Talking UC board members

Creating an educational resource for the UC community, by the UC community.



Since her UC diagnosis in 2013, Laura
has been involved in various advocacy
efforts for the UC community.



Michele is an advanced practice nurse
specializing in inflammatory bowel
disease and has been working with the
UC community for 40 years.



Dr. Dubinsky is the chief of pediatric
gastroenterology and hepatology at
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
She is also a professor at Icahn
School of Medicine.



Laurie is an academic and a health
psychologist specializing in the care
of patients with chronic digestive
diseases. She has been researching
and working with the UC
community for 14 years.

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