I was also against having a bag, so I lived with being sick and trying all of the meds out there for 7 years. When the meds stopped working and I kept getting sicker and sicker, I finally agreed to have the surgery.
I feel so great now that I've never regretted it or looked back. You are probably going to feel the same way once you're through healing from the surgery. I honestly forget that I have the bag, but when I was sick, I never forgot that I had Crohn's, because it reminded me every hour!
I wish I would've known about
this website before my surgery, because it would've been great to ask people what it's like to live with an ostomy. I'm glad you found Healing Well and that you're on your way to good health.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)