I understand your fears after reading the scary stories, but they are not the norm. I decided to make getting well a serious,careful undertaking. I read and pondered what everyone on here wrote, and tried different things to see what worked for me.
I walked from the moment I could. I was very careful about
eating solids and had blended foods for the first 8 weeks. There were foods I avoided so I never had bad gas and learned to drink 3-4 liters of water a day. I soaked my bottom in sitz baths everyday for 8 weeks and slept and read as much as I could stand. I rubbed cream on scars and they aren't too bad looking. Trying to keep clean and healthy diet going. I didn't over commit to doing things that weren't necessary or good for my recovery.
Recovery has been steady and I ran a 10 kilometer race March 13th and was pleasantly surprised at a 59 minute time. I still can't get these appliances to stay on enough but but i'm not on pred. or other hard drugs. Oh, I'm 54 and loving life more this year than the last 10 for sure.
It was hard for me to give into the surgery idea until cancer kind of forced the issue. But now I wish I'd done it on my own earlier. Hind sight is so clear.
Hope you can get the help you need and be happy!!
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
6 Grown kids, grandkids and a great husband to keep me busy
Post Edited (Trigirl) : 3/29/2010 9:04:20 PM (GMT-6)