I had Ulcerative Colitis and (sort of) managed it for 4 years. I went into a flare that wouldn't quit in July of 2004 and ended up having to make an emergency trip to Boston in early September, where I had a total colectomy performed. Had an ileostomy from September through December, when I had surgery #2 (creation of j-pouch) and a new loop ileostomy (at the same site.) I had my fair share of complications with the ileostomy, but an excellent quality or life compared to July/August! My take-down was barely 3 weeks ago, and I already feel AMAZING! My surgeon is unbelievably good, and I truly am cured and have my life back.
I'd love to help in any way that I can--comments, questions, etc. Please feel free to ask!