Sue, Brenda, here I am, a j-poucher...but for how long? I am not doing well, and many people I know and have met are in the same boat. A childhood friend of mine has a j-pouch, but only 4 months, I have had mine for 2 years, I am exploring the BRIC or a permanent ostomy. Colitis is awful I suffered for 6 years, but one day of a flare is like everyday with a j-pouch. I had success with a book called the Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin, if you want I will send it to you, incredible. So you ask, well why did you have the surgery... I ask myself the same question daily!!! Read the book before you do anything!!!! Let me know how you are, both of you!
Brad- Nashville, TN