Hi there! I'm just going to jump in about the bikini body talk I ballooned during my illness b/c of the prednisone...after the surgery I lost tons of weight BUT because I am now able to eat whatever I want I too have a body that shows that! BUT since the surgery I have been able to work out and be as active as I want...in fact, due to my "see food" diet I requested a treadmill for an anniversary gift, so I now spend lots of time with Miller (my treadmill). Before the surgery I would barely make it through a store and would never have phathomed jogging! LOVE IT!!!!
But you know, the most amazing part is feeling that IT is gone. No more. Though the surgery pain is definitely not fun, I thought it was well worth it because I was happy to have the surgery pain in place of the UC pain...mostly because I knew the surgery pain would eventually go away.
Also...there are several of us on here that were in our 20's when we had the surgery and some have opted for a permanent ileostomy. I simply wanted to be done with medical emergencies and move on! I also had absolutely no desire to go poo ever again! I have had Penelope (stoma) for almost 13 months and never once have I regretted her.
You're right, this is a very big decision. It was simple for me because I was done with the whole UC thing...I was over that disease the moment it started to hurt me! Then once it started affecting my appearance and taking control of every little aspect of my life, I decided to take control of the situation and nix that nasty disease once and for all! So, my quality of life went from nill to none to very fulfilling!
I liked your questions...and really, the only thing I gave up was a diseased organ (and then some b/c I had the proctocolectomy ) and it was such a small price to pay so that I can be where I am today.
Post Edited (Chasblah) : 3/3/2010 8:24:33 PM (GMT-7)
I've always been determined to continue for a doctoral degree, and now that I have Penelope I am determined even moreso. I now have a passion for providing therapy/counseling for individuals, couples and families living with chronic illness and experiences medical traumas. So, I guess I've gained more than just my health but a passion, which is amazing!