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UC Makes Me Antisocial During the Holidays, and That's OK

Hey ladies! Who wants to get together for a little dinner and drinks after work?

Happy Holidays! We’re having a little party this year… who wants to come?

Anyone wanna check out the ugly sweater party downtown?

Thanks, I love you, but no thanks.

Well, allow me to back up: I do enjoy spending time with friends most of the time. I love an ugly sweater and reasons to celebrate the season.

What I don’t love, however, are crowds and long bathroom lines. I don’t enjoy having to get creative with declining drinks (I don’t drink anyway) or dodging strange foods floating around on passed trays. The anxiety that comes with all of this honestly takes away from any chill enjoyment I may feel. If you want to hang out one-on-one on my couch, I could be excited for that!

I’ll be the first to say that I love the holiday season. I love the lights, general merriment, hustle and bustle, gnomes all over — I love it all. However, what I don’t love all the time is having ulcerative colitis (UC) during this time of year.

I tend to go back into my shell and only come out for those who I truly feel safe and comfortable around. For me, those people are my friends I’ve met through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation or those lifelong friends that understand what my UC means. I like to think that I have tiers of friendships; those top-tier ones are the ones that experience all of me during this time of year. The middle and lower tier are ones that I’ll see if I’m feeling pretty good and confident about using an “out” if I need it.

Sometimes I have to think of this half-hibernation, half-celebration approach as a full self-preservation tactic. If you live with any chronic illness, you know that one big party can knock your energy for the next week.

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