Hi guys and girls. I had a total colectomy at the age of 17 coz of unrelenting UC. I spent the best part of 3 years in hospital whilst the docs tried to sort it out. After a long stint on cyclosporine, I still became ill whenever my steroids were reduced. I am now 29 and can say that the procedure, a one stage j pouch, although very new, was the best thing i could have done. To be fair, the first few months are painful and unfulfilling, but once you start to heal, you will find that things return almost to normal. Over ten years on, I still feel well, no illness, can eat what I like (except coconut, the devils food!) no meds, and I live an active normal life. I dont now what will happen in later years as this procedure does not have a long term medical history but I will say that it gave me my life back. A higher accolade you will not find. I was told at the outset that i would not be able to eat or drink certain things, this is down to the individual so dont be phased. Like I said, the first few months are a ***** but then you can learn what you can or cant eat. just take it as it comes and you should be back to relative normalcy within the first year! hope all goes well azelf.