Although, i can see why people don't want to do it right away. It's scary on the 'no pouch' side to look at the unknown. I think it can be a difficult decision because it's so misunderstood. and so many bad stigmas attached to the idea. esp. for single people. i'm sure it adds to the insecurity that chronically ill people have. imho.
I'm so glad i have mine. You can't imagine how much better you'll feel.
Like Summer said about
sleeping, it took me a good 6 months-ish to be able to sleep in my stomach again. (maybe longer) but I can now!
Good Luck! and we're here for any ?'s you may have. I'm sure you'll have them
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)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."