I am so lucky!

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Date Joined Aug 2004
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 8/30/2004 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all that read this site and all who have suffered from Chron's or UC. I was close to death aged 17, and forced my doctor to give me an illeostomy. I find it puzzling that so many poeple who suffer like this (spending 20% of their life on the toilet) find themselves in such a dialema whether or not to have surgery. This is often due self-image or what people may think of them.
I do not want to brag or go for awards or anything like that, i really want to tell people who are suffering badly from Chrons and the nasty steriods are not helping, have the surgery and get your life back!
Heres what I have done since I have had surgery:
Countless 10km road races,
Qualified as a bricklayer.
Five years as a fitness class instructor.
Indoor rowing championships.
Managed a top ten place in national fitness competitions.
Boxed ten times last year and won eight bouts losing in only championships!(After a thirteen year lay-off).
If I can do it, anybody can.
I have a lovely wife, a beautiful daughter and even drink alcohol. 
I wear convatec pouches and change it every day, usually after training or if I have been kneeling a lot at work.
I am lucky, some people have it real bad, but dont let anybody tell you that you have to spend the rest of your life chained to the toilet or confined to your house.
Go for it.

Pin Cushion
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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 442
   Posted 8/30/2004 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree Winker,
I suffered with CD for 19 years before I had my colostomy last year.
I too am now getting my life back, I am not 100% but it is fantastic just being able to do some of things I enjoy again. Next year I am going on long vacation without worring about where the next bathroom is at All the southern Calif amusment parks!!!!
18 months Sigmoid Colostomy / 20 years Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic 6 years / Ostioarthritus 14 years / Asthma 21 years.
* I think it may be time for a colorful metaphor*

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