I have also been there, done that, and worn the t-shirt as they say. I had UC for 3 years and it was out of control. Last April I had the ileostomy op (Large bowel removed as shaz has explained) and external bag fitted.
Then 3 weeks ago I went back into hosp and had the bag removed. Now my life is back to how it was before I ever had UC, (apart from a few scars which im very proud of). You wouldn't be human if you werent scared (I was petrified). Hang on in there, I promise you its the best thing you will ever do.
Im here to answer any questions regarding both ops. Lifebegins
Had UC 2002 - 2005
Meds: Prednisolone, azathiaprine, asacol, fosamax, predsol suppositories, asacol suppositories, predfoam, painkillers, aloe vera juice, special diet ect.
Whole colon diseased, annemia, dhydrated, weight loss ect.
Had 1st operation April 2005, 2nd operation February 2006.
Feel great, aged 29, married,want children now.
Everthing that is crossed out no longer applies to me thanks to the operations.