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   Posted 7/24/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I was wondering if any of you have had, or know of someone who has had the UC surgery (Colectomy?) in Australia.

I have been told that surgery is the only option for me and its to happen in 3 weeks.

Really want to see if I can speak to someone about this as I am scared stupid. sad
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  • 28yo male. Brisbane, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo. Currently enjoying severe pan-colitis.
    - Participating in the Golimumab trial as of 1st May, 2008;
    - 2x Colazide, twice a day; 25mg of 6-MP a day; 1xAllopurnol;
    - 1x teaspoon of Metamucil 3 times a day;
    - 3x Garlic oil capsules & 7mL Olive Leaf Extract twice a day.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I think you would get a lot more response to this question if you posted it on the general discussion board at www.j-pouch.org  There are over 6000 members on that site from all over the world.  You might find some resources and help close to home.



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

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   Posted 7/24/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Severin - I agree with Sue about checkin out the j-pouch site. Our ostomies board might also be helpful - if you haven't already checked there.

I found a lot of peace with the idea of surgery from reading "It Takes More Than Guts" by philip vanhorn. (I hope I got that all right...) It's about his battle with UC and his decision for surgery and everything he went through.

Thinking of you!
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   Posted 7/24/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks suebear and dakotagirl. I have posted to the Ostomies board and will see what response I get. God this sux, my emotions seem to be on a roller coaster. One minute I think I'm ready and dealing with it, the next I am holding back tears. Ah well, one way or another its going to happen now.
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, Technomage
  • 28yo male. Brisbane, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo. Currently enjoying severe pan-colitis.
    - Currently no medications as nothing works any more;
    - Surgery is only option now, just waiting for available theatre.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Severin, I can't give you any advice on the surgery end of things, but just wanted you to know that I'm thinking about you. It sounds like the folks who have had the surgery have had positive results.....and I'm sending all my good vibes your way. Take care my friend.


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   Posted 7/24/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   

severin, check out Shaz's ostomy pages... I don't know the address, but google that & it'll come up. Shaz is also one of the moderators on the ostomy forum, & she lives in Australia, I believe. She's awesome- she had surgery when she was like 10! Her attitude is definitely inspiring. Good luck, man!

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Imuran- 150mgs/day
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   Posted 7/25/2008 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any advice for you either. But I know what you mean about being scared. I read so many stories of people having their surgery. Of being scared witless. But then they come back to us and tell us their story. They usually always say the same thing - yes surgery was rough and painful but they had no regrets because now they are pain and med free. Sometimes you just have to look past the surgery and into the future. Get excited about what you are gaining by this - freedom from pain, freedom from medication and that chain to the toilet. I too am contemplating surgery but it won't happen until next year if possible. So that is what I am thinking about when I think about surgery - the future and the freedom. Hang in there and know that we are here for you. When is the date for surgery?
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