Don't believe the stats, for they cannot guarantee you anything.
Ever notice we want something more when we perceive we shouldn't or can't have it.
Anyone can justify the decisions they make whether they're the best ones or not.
From my perspective, what does it matter...the healthcare system (no matter where we live) is already screwed and breaking at the seams. If you can afford the insurance and the high cost of medications for yourself AND your possibly IBD (and whatever else goes with it) children...go for broke. If you can't...then don't have children.
But then many who have IBD don't get diagnosed until they're adults....so hopefully they can afford the treatments....and yes, maybe there will be better treatments and possibly a cure.
Most people are stressed beyond their abilities to cope in today's world....there are no guarantees and having "normal" children is pretty much a gamble as is having them grow up well-adjusted, unselfish and productive.
We all risk something.....we all have the right to procreate. Not that all should. We could all be dead tomorrow.
I would hope it would be a decision rather than impulse.
The love for a child will probably overshadow most doubt or guilt.
Anyone can live without a colon....
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 7/26/2008 1:04:14 AM (GMT-6)