I didn't have a breaking point, really, just got worn down.... Had UC for about
12 years before I chose surgery. Tried everything possible- meds, alternative therapies, diets, mind-work... you name it, I did it! My GI had been recommending surgery for about
4 years, & after 3 surgical consults, persistent anemia, & a rapidly growing intestinal blockage due to scar tissue, I just could not face another day with UC. And I knew, all along, that I'd wind up getting surgery anyway! By that time, at least- not when I was first diagnosed. Now, afterwards... I can't even begin to imagine how I "lived" that life for so long. I can do normal things now, like go for a walk, go out to eat, leave the house before 9:00am without crapping myself. I have a perm ileo, was not a candidate for a j-pouch. Which is ok- I don't love the iloe, but I don't think about
it that much, really. And it's super easy to deal with, trouble-free basically. I'm lost without my numerous doctor's appt's!
diagnosed w/UC 2002
Tried Asacol, Rowasa, Pred, Cortenemas, Uceris, Rocephin, Cipro, Flagyl, Imuran, Remicade, Humira, turmeric, slippery elm root, marshmallow root, probiotics, homemade kefir, ayurveda, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, reiki, SCD, vegetarian, dairy free, nothing processed, gluten free... proctocolectomy w/end ileo on 4/14/14!