Debbie, I so understand what you're going through. My mother had colon cancer. She had a ruptured appendix as a child, and her lifelong fear was having a colostomy. She didn't end up with one, but it was so hard to see her almost giving up because she was so afraid. As it turns out, she had another six years of good life, so the surgery was well worth the pain. She was treated at Methodist hospital in Indianapolis, by the way.
Thinking positive thoughts for you and your family.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off.
Current meds are Colazal,
Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.