Nevra UÇKAÇ / İZMİR, (DHA) | 01 May 2021 Saturday – 16:32 | Last Updated: 01 05 2021 – 16:32
Aslı Mercan Sarı (34), the mother of 1 child who fell from 75 kilograms to 38 kilograms due to the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn in İzmir, learned to live with the disease by embracing life with four hands. Sarı, who started to write a book, supported orphans and started working as the editor-in-chief of a magazine, said that psychology is very important in combating the disease and said, “It is very important not to give up. Life is good, it is necessary to hold it by the end. I succeeded.”
I was having diarrhea, nausea and vomiting problems. My doctor still claimed I had celiac disease. One day, by coincidence, I saw the text ‘Can you have an inflammatory bowel disease’ on a bag and asked for tests to be performed. After the tests, I was told that I had ulcerative colitis. Drug treatment was started. But the body did not respond to this treatment. I have used these drugs for about 5 years. But I still couldn’t get back to normal. I dropped from 75 kilos to 38 kilos. I had bedsores on my back. I could not even sit on a chair. They were carrying me on the lap. It was a very difficult time, “he said.
‘PSYCHOLOGY IS VERY IMPORTANT IN THIS DISEASE’
Expressing that he received psychological support for a period and could not accept his illness, Sarı said that he had a daughter but could not take care of his child sufficiently for the first 3 years. Explaining that he paid a large amount of treatment money to private hospitals, Sarı continued as follows:
‘I COULD STAY BECAUSE I ACCEPTED MY DISEASE’
“I have an 11-year-old daughter, my wife and a beautiful life. I needed to get better. I became the editor-in-chief of a national magazine in Izmir. I am careful about my nutrition. I am also the press spokesperson for the Association of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. My annual examinations continue. Disabled. I have a report. I was able to stand up because I admitted my illness. I gave up depression medications. It is very important not to give up. Life is good, it is necessary to hold on to the edge and not to give it up. I succeeded. I have this problem at an advanced level. But as long as one wishes to succeed.