I was diagnosed with Crohn's when I was 28 and was really scared to have my large intestine removed. But, I have to tell you honestly, I wish I would have done it 7 years earlier!! Do you remember what it was like to be healthy? Well, that's how you're going to feel again! I promise!
When I finally decided to have surgery, I remember saying to my family, "What am I holding onto here? A diseased colon that could lead to cancer? I want it out of me!" I also had Crohn's in the rectum, so I had to have it removed, too, which meant I was not a candidate for a j-pouch. But, you are, which is great!
I was out driving and grocery shopping two weeks after my colectomy, so while it is a big surgery, it won't keep you down for long!
If you have any questions about
anything, please ask, and we'll do our best to ease your mind before you have surgery on Tuesday.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)