A funny thing happened to me today.......

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   Posted 7/4/2009 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
So I was at work today, and a client came in to ask some stuff about his cat and pain meds. Possibly steroids.

To make a long story short, I said, "Steroids aren't that good for pain, plus they come with a ton of side effects."

"Oh I know that." he said "I've got crohns disease." oh really, I USED ( turn ) to have u/c

"Ulcerative colitis, what do you mean used to..."

so I told him I poop into a bag (really i said ileostomy and blah blah blah).

He shook his head in an 'you poor thing' way. Like he kind of felt sorry for me. Then he assured me he'd never have known that and couldn't see it at all (I wear scrubs.....you can't see anything when you've got scrubs on smilewinkgrin )

I know he was trying to be nice and supportive, but I couldn't help feeling the exact same way for him. I felt sorry for HIM. I felt bad that he didn't feel as good as I feel. And I dont have to take those meds anymore. And I have sooo much more energy again!

I eventually told him that. He confided in me that he'd probably have to have a colectomy too. But wasn't ready b/c of this and that.

Of course, I said. But you'll feel soooo much better when you do!
Then you can see why you shouldn't feel sorry for ME.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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   Posted 7/4/2009 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean. The ones who seem to feel the most sorriest for me are those who are still struggling with UC and CD. I think a lot of them see it as 'throwing in the towel' and letting it defeat them. If only they could realise that we're not letting it 'defeat' us by having surgery, rather we are taking affirmative action and defeating it by saying goodbye to all the pain and stuff and reclaiming our lives. Sadly, a lot of people don't see it that way.
Ileostomy for 33 years due to UC

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   Posted 7/4/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
What an amazing encounter! Good for you for being open and honest. I'm sure you gave him a lot to think about.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 7/4/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
wow thats great that you got a chance to show someone life with a bag is great!
I feel sorry for the people who still have it too. When i read the stories on the UC board about all the mds and the accidents and stuff and i just think, why why are you doing this???
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