Thank you for the responses you too. I really appreciate it. My head has been swimming since my appointment this morning.
Sorry my response is so long, but yes, I am seeing a surgeon at a University hospital. They have a major cancer center and perform a lot of collectomies yearly for patients with UC that develop colon cancer so you're correct, I should have faith in my surgeon. I'm scheduled for a flexible sig January 15th where he'll look at the rectum as well as the small intestine through my stoma and then schedule the takedown after that as long as the small intestine is ok. I've never had ulcers in this intestine which is why I thought I had UC rather than Crohn's.
I appreciate the suggestion to wait awhile before having the surgery. I'm sure my rectum will have to be removed as my rectal stump "blew out" after my first collectomy surgery while I was in the hospital and I had to be rushed into the OR for round two of abdominal flushing. Because of this, I am somewhat worried about having the reversal surgery, assuming it involves removal of the rectum, but I would perfer not to live with this ileostomy pouch!