It is really nice to get an insight on how other people [in Canada] are coping with these kind of diseases.
closer to home for me you are.
I am a Northern AB. chic and yes, I do know what its like going #2 in 4 feet of snow. Yikes!
I yern to tell you my story also; however its quite a long one.
I feel I can kinda connect with you on many levels... I am 33, & have had my j-pouch since '99.
I too was very happy & fairly healthy during these times. However, I now have Crohns - the disease came back. :o\
For me, I believe that the stresses of not being able to have children because of scare tissue from my surgery made the disease revisit me.
We went thru invetro and many many dollars later - came out with a lot of emotional scars. It was a very bad time for us.
All we wanted was to have a family. And still do.
We now have our fingers crossed for adoption - 1 1/2 yrs in.
It is amazing that you went that long with the ostomy. I had such a hard time with it. That yr. of my life was the worst ever.
I felt so auful and so degrating. Losing a relationship because of it probably didn't help matters.
I am glad that you are finding your way and things are going well for u!!
Enjoy life to the Max! Don't let anything stress you out!
Many thoughts & prayers!
praying for a good night's sleep and a happy bottom!! :o]
1998: Colitis - removal of colon, temp. ostomy 10 mths.
2000-07: disease free & doing well with j pouch.
2007-09: rectal pain & discomfort, loss of bowl control. diagnosed with Crohns March '09 currently on: Emtec, Azathioprine [Imarun] & Remicade. Med History: steroids, predizone, cipro, loperamide [imodium], gravol, previcid, cholestramine, xylocaine jelly, zinc oxide creme, etc.