with your help, I've made my decision

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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 10/5/2011 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all-
I know I've posted numerous concerns, questions, fears, etc.  I've received more valuable information from this site than many other drs, internet searches and more.
So...I'm keeping my surgery date for next Monday (Oct 10) and I am at peace with my decision.  I accept what's going on with my body and what I need to do.  I'm still so, so afraid, but at least I'm done with the back and forth.
Thank you all so much.  I'll keep you updated!
-Lifelonge chronic constipation, never identified as a child
-Const became "severe" in the last decade=BM maybe 2X mth
-Told it was "just the way I was wired"
-Multiple lax/enema/meds and diets
-Colonscopy in Aug, 2011 fine
-Sitzmark test late Aug 2011= 21 markers out of 24 markers after 5 days
-Colonic Inertia
-Sched for total colectomy 10/10, sm bowel to rectum, probably no bag

Another UC wife
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 2111
   Posted 10/5/2011 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with the surgery and let us know how you are doing when you are up to it.

Of course you are anxious...it's normal...but like so many say focus on the end result of finally feeling better after the healing.

My husband wasn't even out of the hospital and was so happy he made the decision. Fast forward 8 months later and he has his life back and is so grateful in so many ways even with a permanent ileostomy.
Wife of 64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) & now pain free

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Date Joined Oct 2010
Total Posts : 286
   Posted 10/5/2011 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That is wonderful! Be sure to keep us updated on everything, I'm having the same surgery in a month so I'll be keeping an eye out for your posts so I can see how you are doing! It sounds like you made a great choice, I'll be sending good thoughts your way :)

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 981
   Posted 10/6/2011 5:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Good for you! You will be amazed at how much better you will feel and you have every right to be nervous, every one of us were before our surgery. I know I was petrified but I am forever grateful at the outcome of my surgery and how much it has given me my life back. Keep us posted and looking forward to hearing how great you are after the initial recovery period. All the best
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