thanks for backing me up on this, gals--- I gotta go with my "gut instinct", bad pun as it is. Now my GI doctor better back me up too, or there'll be trouble! At least I know that when the time comes for surgery, I'll be able to accept it open-armed. But what an emotional roller-coaster it's been. I suppose whatever doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger. Who knows also- my biggest fear is that I cancel the surgery, and in a week or 2, once I stop the pred, BOOM!!!! Hi again, nasty old UC...... but if that's the case, well then, "Hi again, friendly surgeon!".