I am an ex-smoker and have strong feelings on this. With the upcoming surgery and your newly restored health, this is an excellent time to quit! Believe me, the first 5 days in the hospital you will not even think of cigarettes and by then most of the withdrawl symptoms are gone. Wouldn't it be great to come out of a life altering surgery as a non smoker?
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free