well ive had mine for 3 and half years, and yeah it can be annoying at times, but im glad i didn't opt for a jpouch.
What i would tell them is, you would like to wait until you are out of school because you dont want to miss anymore school with anymore surgeries. Tell them you are happy with it now, and you can always change your mind and go for the jpouch if you change your mind.
Dont tell them this, but when you turn 18 you can do whatever you want.
Personally, if it were my son, i would want him to keep what made him happy. You are old enough (15, right?) to make a decision like that.
In fact (and you can tell them this if you want) we had a scare with my son where he was having some bloody D and i looked straight at my husband and said, if it turns out he has UC, his colon is coming out, asap. We decided that it would be left to where he could have a jpouch and when he got older, we would let him decide what he wanted to do.
I'm sure your Dad is just worried about how a bag will affect your life, he probably thinks that will be harder on you than having more surgeries, but i would just tell him that, for right now at least, the surgeries would be much worse for you.
You do have alot oif stuff coming up, driving, senior year, prom, graduation, college apps (if you are going) explain that you dont want the added stress of dealing with the surgeries and the learning curve there.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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