By Chantal Bellehumeur
Months after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Sophie Murphy winds up in the hospital stuck to an IV. Starving and in pain, Sophie fights to get better. Once released from St. Gabrielle's, she has to get her strength back, gain the weight she lost, and deal with her uncured illness. What keeps her positive is knowing that her nine-year-old son, Devon, can come back home once the worst part of her problem is over. She knows she will have to live with her disease for the rest of her life but is desperate to find out her triggers to avoid going through hell again.
As the weeks go by, Sophie finds hope with the help of her friends, family, and even strangers, as well as a bit of romance. Her life slowly returns to normal, with the risk of another relapse. Meanwhile, the people in her life start having problems and challenges of their own.
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Chantal also wrote an article called ''Living with Colitis,'' which was published in the May 29 2013 issue of The Suburban Newspaper.