Being back to a normal weight.
Being able to play golf and do gardening.
Going back to work. (Really!)
Being able to attend family get-togethers.
And countless other seemingly small but very meaningful things.
I want to thank everyone for posting in this thread. I am a UC sufferer that is facing surgery as my only option. All of the "little things" you all are pointing out are things that I miss out on now because of this disease. I hope you don't mind me lurking around on this board even though I have not yet had an ostomy. It helps me get positive feedback from an procedure that others tend to look very negatively at.
Thanks again, John
Well after 15 years of symptoms, five years of diagnosis, five years of bad symptoms never under control and that little ICU scare I had a month ago (I was in bad shape, intubated and sedated for five days), I have finally found a GI doc who says I need to seriously look at surgery. He had me set up an appointment with a surgeon so I go to have a consult with her on June 10th. Mentally I feel I am ready for this. After all the pain, embarrassment and now being limited to getting out very infrequently due to the extent of this foul disease I think it makes it a lot easier to face what lies ahead. I just want my life back and to do things most normal dads do. Thanks again for all the positives to look forward to.
Thank you so very much everybody. You have helped me with the biggest hang up I had which is fealing abnormal after the surgery. I can adjust to anything given enough time, I was just worried that I would look or at least feel abnormal causing my self image to get in the way, like crapping myself in public is a better image I saw my GI doctor yesterday who is all for me seeing the surgeon. He was with me through this last ICU stint and was worried that I would be back in the hospital if we waited till June to talk to the surgeon so he called in a favor and I see the surgeon this Tuesday. I have been researching this for a little while so hopefully that will make the consult go better. As long as the surgeon is ready, I am. I want my life back and with my last hospital trip I would have to say I was lucky to have the chance to choose (I was all but dead when they got me there). Thanks again and I will give an update when new info comes in.
Ditto to all the little things listed above. I want to add two more:
1. Not worrying about ever getting colon cancer-
2. Not taking any harsh medicines, as well as potentially poisonous ones like nicotine patches.
3 Okay a third one--Telling my husband on a trip, "No, I don't need to stop at the
next gas station. Let's keep on going."