So many great firsts! I'm so happy for you! Is it okay if I share a few, too?
Sleeping through the night without getting up every hour to use the bathroom. I woke up refreshed for the first time in years!
Shopping for clothes and groceries without having to beeline it to the bathroom several times.
Being able to eat Mexican, Italian, and Thai food again. Life's too short to eat bland food!
When my gastroenterologist told me that I didn't need to schedule a follow-up appointment.
You know...there are so many new moments and exciting situations I can't even think of them all.
I do appreciate being able to throw my son around...flip him on my shoulder, fly him around, help him do handstands...it is so much fun!!! He loves being wrestled with, and for some reason I'm really the only one who can be a little Tag-Team-ish with him...he gets freaked out by everyone else.
I love not doing Sudoku every day. That's what I would do to pass the time while in the bathroom. We all know that much our life has been spent on the John...but I tried to keep my times of trauma as entertaining as possible.
As you may notice, most of my big moments involve my son. I did this surgery for him. It was a no brainer when I thought about how much he has suffered due to the UC, and enough was enough. The pain was unbearable, but listening to cry b/c I could not finish walking him to sleep, or was not able to hold him very long b/c I had to run to the bathroom was much worse. I'm able to be a hands on Mommy again...and that's helped to bring back my identity and self-worth.
I can just do so much! Much more than I could prior to surgery. I'll say this over and over and over again...my favorite of all though is to feel the UC gone. There is no feeling where the pain was. My body isn't struggling anymore. I can feeling the healthiness now. I'm going to start working out soon, and I've not been able to do that in two years. I can't wait!
I feel that we have all been given a new lease on life. We are fortunate to have had diseases that can be cured or given long-term remission. I feel our attached accessories are a small price to pay for having our lives back. This is just my belief. I know many are struggling and not able to fully accept the new life style...for me it is the best gift.
Oh and I completely agree!!! Where's the bag?!
I am new here (usually on uc site) and am facing removal of my colon. I too have pancolitis. My colonoscopy last week showed pre-cancerous cells in upper colon where there is currently no flare. I am having a repeat colonoscopy in about a month. If that shows the same then we need to have the "surgery talk". I wanted to ask you some questions since you have just gone through it. I have 2 1/2 year old twins that I need to think about too!
How was the surgery? the pain? the recovery? how long in the hospital? Any info you can offer would be great as I am terrified!
I know what you mean about kids feeling shortchanged, I have 2 1/2 year old twin girls and always feel that way. I feel so guilty when I can't do things with them because I am sick or running to the bathroom or in pain. It breaks my heart. But you are on your way to being free of the guilt and being able to spend more time with your kids, without disease!
If I may ask, what was the reason for your surgery? Was your disease so bad or were pre-cancer cells found?
Thank you for sharing with me.