I am right there with you Cattieos! My surgery for a temporary ileostomy is scheduled for April 20th. I have Crohn's disease, not colitis, so for me there is more chance that the disease will just spread to my small intestine (for now it is centralized in the lower end, the very, very lower end!). I have been running over the pros and cons so much since I first met with the surgeon, but I am still convinced it is the right thing to do. Most doctors do not want to recommend a surgery, until they see it as the best and only solution. Trust your doctors. Trust your instincts. Trust all the other people on this board who swear how much the surgery helped them.
For me, I am recently single again, and now I am faced with having to explain to any future girl I meet about
my situation. That part is frustrating to me, but I know that the girl I want to be with will need to be understanding about
Crohn's disease, regardless if I have an ostomy or not. If she isn't, what do I want to be with her for anyway, right?
As for a cure, they are still making incredible progress, but I don't think your doctor would want to go ahead with surgery if he didn't feel it was necessary.
Me personally, I plan on being cured one day, I just wish they would hurry the hell up!
for now I take Humira, which is the newest FDA approved treatment for moderate to advanced Crohn's disease. It still is not enough to keep my symptoms in check.
I am also waiting to get in a trial for new stem cell therapy. Doctors inject stem cells into your blood, and the stem cells find the damaged tissues, and begin to repair the tissue to pre-disease condition. That sounds cool to me, how about
But the way I see it is, if I don't let them do this surgery now, I may not be around for that trial. Now that would be the real bummer.
I think the choice should go like this, do I want to feel better and more in control of my life and my body? yes. Then, good, there is no question whether I am going ahead with the surgery.
Keep it simple. Happy or sad? I choose happy, and I am taking all the people on this message board's word for it. I will feel better, darnit! So will you.
Buddhist Quote of the day:
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened - Happiness never decreases by being shared - Buddha
Talk to ya'll later......
wish me luck, I have a date tonight. I hate to say it, don't want to offend anyone, but it will probably be my last chance to
before my surgery!