Surgery is a cure for UC, so it is definitely worth it! I suffered with Crohn's for 7 years before having a proctocolectomy (colon and rectum removal) with permanent ileostomy 4 years ago. It was the BEST thing I've ever done!
I am completely healthy now and do not take any medicine. I work full time, exercise regularly, go swimming, eat whatever I want, and feel great! I love spicy food, so she will be able to eat whatever she likes.
Also, they have ostomy products for people with sensitive skin, so that should not be a problem either. You can find them at the web sites of the companies that manufacture them, like Coloplast, Hollister, and Convatec.
Life without disease is living life to the fullest, so I highly recommend that you find a surgeon who will do the surgery. Best of luck to you both, and please keep us posted, because we also have a lot of great tips to help her through the surgery, as well as post surgery.
Cecilia (from Florida)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.