I second what everyone else has said. It is your choice as to whether it is best for you, but most of us will probably tell you it is best.
Yes, you can run. I danced 6 days a week at Disney World with mine and it was totally fine. The food industry--non issue. They're totally unrelated. Of course you can do it.
With UC, as you know, an ileo is a cure for your disease. I'd say go for it, but it's just my opinion. I've only had mine 6 months but I haven't regretted it one day yet.
Let us know if you have any other questions!
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention).