Yazmin’s Story: Ulcerative colitis after a successful year of treatment

«The positive results were almost immediate, my symptoms greatly improved, I could control my need to use the bathroom. About a month after my first FMT implant I was off all medication.» – Yazmin

In 2010 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and since then my life changed. I´ve been fighting against the disease since day one. At the beginning it was really difficult and tough to accept my condition but progressively changed my perspective and started to look at it from a different perspective, today I enjoy every little thing in life as a very special gift and I never forget to smile, always!!!

During the first five years of my disease I received a great deal of drugs, many, many pills per day -mesalazine, steroids, mercaptopurine, etc.- I had to write down a list with all of them not to get confused or skip anything, every two hours I was popping something somewhere in my body. My symptoms – blood and diarrhea persisted all those years unless I took a big amount of steroids, only then I could regain some of the many things I wanted to do in life.

I became steroid-dependent, every time I tried to wean form them I had a relapse, I felt it was like oxygen for me.

In the end with many hours researching the internet I found there is a new method that is based on replacing your gut bacteria with new ones from a healthy donor, and I found a place where they were doing this about 500 miles away from my home – Buenos Aires. I live in a beautiful province called Corrientes.

After discussing my discovery with my parents, they were totally supportive and basically because they found that this strategy did not imply any risk to my health, the worst that could happen with Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) is that it may not work, but the risk was zero. So we decided to have a consultation with Newbery Medicine and after understanding how the method worked and the good results they were showing us, we decided to travel to Buenos Aires and start doing FMTs to treat my Ulcerative Colitis. My first implant took place the last days of December 2014.

The positive results were almost immediate, my symptoms greatly improved, I could control my need to use the bathroom, I could wait! This was something unthinkable a couple of weeks before. I could sleep all night, did not have to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The blood slowly went away and I did not see it again since then.

About a month after my first FMT implant I was off ALL medication, I slowly diminished the dosages as instructed by my doctors. My blood and stool tests showed almost normal readings. I could not believe I was not taking any of those numerous pills I used to. Now that I look back , the toughest decision was to start this new treatment. It is very, very new, but what I found and saw made perfect senses and the testimonials of the kids my age made me see this could work. Later on I had the chance to meet with some of the other patients that tried FMT and heard similar stories to the one I was going through.

One year later. I am so glad to share this new video where you can see the changes in my face, my energy, my life. I have been using FMTs regularly, gradually spacing them until I know perform bimonthly FMT. I do them at home with the frozen specimens I get from Newbery Medicine and I feel FANTASTIC. I am finishing my university studies, I have a very active social life, I have a FUTURE, and I have no symptoms, the only thing a pay great attention is to eat only healthy food. No alcohol and no medications of any type. I can´t imagine my life today with those devastating drugs I used to take. Fecal Microbiota Transplants allow me to adequately control my inflammation, and after one year I did not have any of the old problems. I am really happy. My plan is to keep on doing the implants; I will try to slow down to once a month, but that will happen after my annual checkup. I will take a test called Fecal Calprotectin that shows how well you are (inflammation marker). My last one was normal. I hope to continue that way.

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