Hello to everyone,
I just came across this site as i was desperately looking on the internet for what life would be like if i took the plunge and had surgery to relieve me of my UC. I'm 33 and had UC since I was 17. I've more or less managed to control it with medication/supplements/diet, but after this most recent flare up i just don't know if i have the will power to keep on fighting the disease. I've always been so scared of the idea of surgery, but looking at some of the threads on here it seems like i'm mainly scared of the unknown.
It's true that the information provided in the uk on surgery options seems pretty limited to me. I was wondering about a few things and wondered whether some people on here might be able to help me, as it seems like a friendly place.
So here goes:
If you have an ileostomy what are the risks if the surgery goes wrong?
Once you've had it, how often do you need to go to the loo during the day to empty it?
Does it effect the kind of clothes you wear? (I've somehow managed to hold down a job in a bank and we need to wear suits at all times)
I don't understand how you can do things like swimming or go to the beach if you have a bag attached to you (unless the bag is much smaller than i think, i feel that i'd be self concious)
Can you really eat anything you please once you've had surgery?
Do you have to carry on taking medication for the rest of your life?
Well that's a lot of questions...better leave it there for now. Thanks