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Glad Bag
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 6/3/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, its been quite a while since I visited this site. I had a total procto-colectomy back in November 2008. Ever since my life has been great. The recovery was pretty long considering I had so much removed, including my entire colon, rectum and anus, but I am good now and aside from the ostomy and some scarring related to fistulas I had before the surgery, I feel like I don't even have Crohn's disease anymore.

In addition, I have met the love of my life. She has also had several surgeries, including a temporary ostomy when she was a teenager (from Colitis, not Crohn's). She no longer has an ostomy, but having gone through so much of the same kind of thing really helped strengthen our bond.

I just wanted to say hello again to everyone and thank you all for all the help and support you offered, and all the questions you answered over the years. Without you guys, it would have been much more difficult to cope.

I also wanted to share my story so that anyone facing the difficult choice of surgery would know that there can be good results, and my case is a perfect example.

Thanks everyone!
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!" - The Beatles

doesn't that just sound cool when you sing it?

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 6/3/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Nat!
Congrats on being Crohn's-free AND in love! yeah That's awesome!! I knew you would feel tons better after having a proctocolectomy.

So good to hear from you!

:-) Cecilia
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.

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 6/3/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
YAY!!! So glad things are going so well for you!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

Equestrian Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3115
   Posted 6/4/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
That's wonderful! (the love part, not that sucky long recovery!!)
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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