It's a vicious cycle, you're weak because you're ill and need surgery but you feel to weak to have surgery. You know that only surgery is going to reverse this downward spiral. I am 51, and yes, I love to hike. One of the big reasons I had surgery was because I had no quality of life with UC. So, I have been making up for lost time since regaining health. I am not a forum moderator but I do feel that it is my responsibility to give back what I have received (good health) and share my experiences with others and to give people who are suffering a morsel of hope. It gets better and I am living proof of that. I will be thinking of you on Tuesday and keeping you in my prayers.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free