I was sick for over 2 ears and friends were sympathetic but when I opted for surgery, some of those same friends couldn't deal with it. I was shocked, they did not walk in my shoes, they didn't know what I put up with on a daily basis. How could someone, a friend, question a decision I made on my health? It dumbfounded me. I am now 7 years post op and I can tell you that those who weren't happy with my decision are no longer friends. Lying in a hospital recovering I decided that as a part of my new health I needed to clean house and started with dropping those who didn't support me.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free