Post Edited (mjmr1989) : 1/9/2008 4:24:47 PM (GMT-7)
Thanks for sharing your story with us. I'm very sorry that you lost your brother at such a young age. You're doing the right thing by having surgery, but I have to ask, is it safe to wait so long to have it done?
I had my colon and rectum removed because of Crohn's Disease, and I was out driving and grocery shopping two weeks after surgery. Granted, I was still weak from surgery, but it's not going to keep a young man like you down for very long, if that's what you're concerned about. College can wait, but your health cannot.
Having a bag is not that big of a deal, like everyone thinks it is. The pouches are flat and are very discreet, so nobody will know that you have it. What the surgeon is going to do next is called a j-pouch, where they will attach your small intestine to your rectum, thus eliminating the need for the stoma and the bag. You can read all about it at www.j-pouch.org.
Please ask us any questions you may have regarding your upcoming surgery. We've all been there and might be able to help eliminate any fears you may have. Take care.