Invisible Illness Living an Introvert Life


Twans Rucker's Story


Age: 37-45

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Hypothyroidism, Asthma, Ulcerative Colitis and Anemia

Time to Get Diagnosed

6 months

Year I was Diagnosed


Sending Love to

Dr. Nicole Gordon-Moton

Hospital I'd Recommend

Grady Memorial Hospital

This is my story:

Senior year of high school is supposed to be a wonderful time in every teenager’s life. You are focused on graduating, selecting a college, thinking about adulthood and what you’re wearing to prom. However, my senior year took a detour.

Warning! This is where I deliver graphic details.

I can’t remember the day that I knew something serious was wrong but I remember the feeling. Feeling like I was dying, uncontrollable nausea, losing weight at an alarming pace and not being able to eat. After seeing several doctors, my parents finally took me to a Gastrointestinal Specialist and I finally was admitted to a hospital or should I say my temporary living quarters.

I spent about 75% of my senior year in the hospital. I had a tutor, physical therapist, favorite nurses and; hell, the janitors and I were on a first name basis. I have to give the hospital credit for have different forms of entertainment to take my mind off a disease that was ravaging my body.

Finally after a month and a half of several different medical treatments, and becoming an amateur nurse (I know how to reset my IV and change out my fluids but they wouldn’t give me a discount on my bill..huh) I was finally able to leave in time to attend Prom and walk across the stage for my diploma.

Fast forward to 2021 and I’m doing okay. I  refuse to say good or great because each day is different. For example, I spent the past three days in the bed. Why? Because my whole body has been in pain and just no energy. That was something that used to be hard for me, listening to my body. Now when I feel the slightest pain, I switch to me time and relax.

That was the most important thing I’ve learned about Ulcerative Colitis. Always listen to your body needs. You have this one life and it should be cherished.

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
Picture Perfect by Tyler Hilton
I never leave home without my:
Extra clothes and medicine
My go-to feel better movie is: 
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
Barack Obama
When I need to relax, I:
Put on music, play games and just lock myself in my room.
My favorite food is:
The quote that keeps me going is:
When I need a laugh, I:
Read Twitter (Trust me, there are some really funny people on there)
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
My hero is:
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
One Tree Hill
My favorite book to get lost in is:
I want to be best friends with:
The thing I’m most proud of:
Being a planner and problem fixer
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
Having a better understanding of myself.
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
It really means a lot when someone does this:
Stop trying to play doctor and actually try to take the time to understand my illness.
My favorite social media account to follow is:
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
You will survive and grow from this.
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
Take time for yourself no matter how crazy life is right now
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