Okay, take a deep breath and relax. First you have to understand that the jpouch board is heavily used by those who are contemplating surgery, in the early days of recovery, or having problems. If you look at the site members you will see that there are over 6000 of us registered and we don't often visit the site because we are healthy and engaging in life. Much like this board most UCers aren't here because they are in remission. I can tell you that surgery was the best choice I ever made. I didn't have dysplasia but I did have a flare that despite all medical treatments could not be abated without the chronic use of prednisone. I was scared, HELL everyone is scared of this surgery and probably all other surgeries. That's normal. But I wouldn't trade my life today for my life with UC, even UC in remission. I no longer have to worry about the possiblity of a flare or do I take medication. I eat what I want, travel when I want, and don't have to know where every bathroom in town is. Yes there are trade offs but for me they are mangeable. Do your research, get a surgical consult with the best surgeon in your area, and take the time to get used to the idea.
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