Recently I have been thinking about
it alot...during my hospitalization, my GI mentioned it to me for the first time, but he wasn't recommending anything, he just threw it out there as an option...he said some thing like "Some people wish they had done it sooner, and some people wish they held onto there colon longer". Basically saying its all a matter of personal decision....My recent flare caused me to think about
it alot...Then someone made a good point in a forum...(wish I remember who it was, so I could give credit)...but said something like "why are we taking all these horrible meds that potentially give us all the side effects, and potential damage to our bodies, just to hold onto an already diseased Colon?!?" wow...good point!! That phrase has really been haunting me alot lately....But, anyways, it seems the idea of surgery is purely personal...unless things progress to absolutely medically Requiring it...like bowel perforation, or cancer or something.... Good luck on your journey to the decision.
41 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo). Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05. (Complete remission from Nov. 07 to July 08 d/t Remicade) hoping for remission again after this current flare.
Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07, 2/14/08, 4/10/08, 6/08, 6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 15 units daily, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily, and pro-biotics daily.